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Tiju Thomas

Season for Elephant Torture Is Underway in Kerala, India

The world renowned Trissur Pooram kicks off from April 29-30. More than 100 male elephants will be trucked in and displayed on the famous Thekkingkaadu Maidaan, in the heart of Trissur city. They will be transported from all across Kerala to the state's cultural hub, and paraded day and night, forced to stand for 36 straight hours, most of the time beneath the scorching sun.
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For Elephants, Indian Festival Season is Pure Torture

Elephants, those gentle giants, are one of the most majestic, intelligent and fascinating animals. In India alone, there are more than 3,000 captive elephants. In Kerala, festivals run from November through May, with May unravelling the most spectacular display of the majestic elephants to entertain people, but the most torturous season for these animals.

Week 12: The Count Of Monte Cristo Sandwich

My friend "T" always talks about how once a year he enjoys re-reading The Count of Monte Cristo -- which describes a man who is wrongly imprisoned and then makes a daring escape. T. is also a prisoner inside his own head. He suffered a traumatic head injury. What does this have to do with diet and exercise? Everything.