• Interview with boxer Shiva Thapa

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?

    Now I am used to boxing anywhere in the world, the sole aim is excel in the ring. But given a choice, I would definitely prefer competing in front of my home crowd. It is a special feeling when you are fighting in India, the crowd support and atmosphere is amazing. It tends to get the best out of you. The 2010 Commonwealth Games took place in Delhi and India did so well. Look, how well we did in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We won so many gold medals. The pressure of performing at home is also there, but the motivation you get to fight makes up for it.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?


    I just try to stay calm and positive before a bout. Boxing is a very unpredictable sport, you don't know what is coming at you. It is not like weightlifting where you know what you need to do. Anything can happen during a fight. You can get crazy if you

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  • Interview with rower Bajrang Lal Thakkar by Abhishek Roy

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?

    There is nothing like performing at home. But unfortunately I don't have a good record at home. All my best performance have been overseas. I have always performed well away from home because the level of competition is also tough.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?

    I generally try to think about the positives. It helps to stay focussed and confident. I also recall some of my best races.

    London Olympics - what are the expectations you have set for yourself?

    It is unfortunate that I have failed to qualify for the Olympics. I failed in the World Championships as I fell ill just before the race.

    How do you keep yourself fit for your sport?

    I am currently training with the Olympic rowing team. I am trying to pass the tips to the young rowers, who have qualified for the London Games. I train for at least eight hours a day. I

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  • Interview with boxer Vikas Khatri and Olympic medal hopeful, by Abhishek Roy.

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?

    I am comfortable boxing both at home and at international venues. I have been in the ring for the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) since I was 13. So whenever the nationals are played in a state, we don't have much support. So I have been used to fighting in hostile conditions without any crowd support. But when it comes to international events, the crowd makes a difference and playing at home is always better.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?


    It depends from tournament to tournament. There are two phases, before and during the tournament. Before the tournament the focus is on physical preparation and during the tournament it is about mental conditioning. Before entering the ring, I think about the positives.

    London Olympics - what are the expectations you have set for yourself?

    It is difficult to

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  • 8 Ways to Be a Happier Mom

    Lifestyle Advice for Busy Mothers.By Theo Pauline Nestor

    While our greatest hope is for our children to turn into happy adults, most of us moms grit our teeth a fair amount on the road there. After we hustle our kids off to soccer practice, shop for dinner and hunt down the perfect kindergarten, we are left with little inspiration to model the one thing we most wish for our children: happiness. It's not that we don't want to be happy. It's more a question of how to fit it into our schedule. Read on for some practical tips from parenting experts on how to move "be happy" to the top of your to-do list.

    1. Be Yourself
    Much of our stress and irritation as parents comes from trying to live up to impossible standards. "Mothers universally feel that they 'are never good enough,'" says Meg Meeker, MD, author of The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity. A lot of these feelings of inadequacy come from comparing ourselves with other moms and competing in ways both small

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  • By Abhishek Roy

    Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar is one of the medal hopefuls at the London Olympics 2012. He won bronze medal at the Beijing games is also going to be India's flag-bearer at the London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27. We spoke to him about his preparations and plans:

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?

    Playing in front of home crowd has an added advantage. The crowd backing motivates you to do better. It also keeps the opponent under pressure. But there is the pressure of expectations. Now I am used to fighting both in front of home crowd and overseas.

    Sushil Kumar, India's Wrestling medal hopeful.How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?

    I generally try to focus on myself and recall some of my winning moments. That helps me from not getting distracted. During the Olympics, I will also watch videos of other wrestlers who have qualified in my category and accordingly plan the strategy.

    London Olympics - what are the expectations you have set for

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  • By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK.

    Kim Zolciak, famous both for being on Real Housewives fame and for her huge wig collection, recently shared a favorite parenting tip with Us Magazine. The mom of three (and mom-to-be of number four soon), explains that she keeps a wooden spoon in her purse at all times "for my kids if they get fresh. I've never used it; I just pull it out and they know I'm serious." Empty threats of corporal punishment are her best parenting tactic? Forgive me, but that might be the worst parenting advice I've ever heard. No matter how you feel about spanking, whacking kids with a wooden spoon is abusive and combining that with an empty threat just shows kids you don't enforce your punishments. And why are you carrying that thing around in your purse? But celebs aren't the only ones spewing terrible parenting tips. Here are some of the best (worst) pieces of advice we've ever gotten:

    "Don't reach above your head when you're pregnant or the baby's cord will get

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  • Indian welterweight Vikas Krishan Yadav will draw on all of his skill, discipline and determination to return from London with an Olympic medal and fulfil a promise he made to his father. Here's an interview with him, by Bharat Sharma.

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?It is good to play at home, but it has its disadvantages too. There is a lot of pressure, people expect you to win all the time. As I have got a lot of experience now, the place really does not make any difference. The motive is to get in the ring and win the bout.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?

    I don't do anything extra before a big bout. I remain focussed on the job at hand and pay attention to my  coach's advice. Another thing is that I never fear my opponent.

    London Olympics - what are the expectations you have set for yourself.


    The only thing running in the mind is the thought of getting a gold. It is the first time I will be competing at 

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  • Sitting here next to me at a vineyard is my friend Colleen. Colleen and her husband have seven children. Yes, they are Catholic. No, they do not home school. (She says these are two of the most frequent questions they are asked.)


    What she is is an elite long distance runner who I'm pretty sure applies the same "go big or go home" sensibilities to child rearing as she does to racing. I mean, she wore running clothes to the vineyard just in case she could slip out for a quick six mile run! Colleen is as tough yet laid back as they come. And her kids, who range in age from 1 to 15, are all sweet, funny, smart, respectful, and well behaved.

    Hanging out with her and her family for a day, I came away feeling like she's doing something right. Every time I catch myself feeling overwhelmed by the demands of parenting one child, I think of Colleen and her army of seven and I give myself a reality check.

    Here, a few of Colleen's top parenting tips.

    1. Accept that you can't do it all
    "All the

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  • Boxing champion and Olympic bronze medal holder Vijender Singh carries India’s hopes at the Olympics this year. We find out his success mantra and fitness regime as well as the relationship with the woman who influenced him the most, his mother.

    Interview with boxer Vijender Singh by Abhishek Roy


    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?

    Home crowd makes a difference in boxing. Whenever we box in front of the home crowd, the opponent is always under pressure. But now we have to fight all over the world. We are used to boxing at international arenas as well. So we are used to fight in different situations, but obviously there is nothing like fighting in front of your supporters.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?


    We do a lot of study on the opponents, but I always try to take it easy. I always focus on my strengths rather than thinking about others. It keeps me in a positive frame of mind.

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  • By Bharat Sharma

    Ashwini Ponappa, the badminton ace is one among the five shuttlers carrying India’s medal hopes at the Olympics, this year. We find out her success mantra and fitness regime.

    Comfort-wise, is it better to play in front of a home crowd or in the international arena?


    Playing in front of the home the crowd is always special. The crowd really pushes you up when you are struggling. I come from the Southern India, but I love playing in Delhi. The courts there are the best in the country and a sizeable crowd turns up to watch the game.

    How do you prepare yourself mentally before a big game?

    Preparation is same for all the matches. I make sure I do my warm-up exercises and stretching properly. When I am tense before a match, I put my I Pod on.

    London Olympics - what are the expectations you have set for yourself?

    It is going to be my first Olympics and the aim is to win a medal. My doubles partner Jwala Gutta and I have a realistic chance of a podium finish. The draw is going to be

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