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Dear Readers,

Health and fitness expert Richard Simmons once said in an interview, “You can’t buy it, you can’t rent it. You have to earn it. My formula has always been love yourself, move your body, watch your portions.” It says it all. A healthy life is not a commodity that anybody can buy. You have to work at it.

Though the definition of a healthy lifestyle may differ from person to person. For one person, it is to live a disease-free life, while for another, it is to be able to play with grandchildren. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important elements in achieving your optimal physical as well as mental well-being. The April issue includes the latest in health and wellness. Two important parts that contribute towards a healthy lifestyle include food and exercise.

In 431 B.C, the father of medicine Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It was true then and of course it is true today.

The healing properties of food have been documented by cultures worldwide throughout history and especially in Ayurveda coming from Ancient India. Many fruits, vegetables, Indian spices like turmeric and unprocessed foods have ingredients that can benefit our health and offer benefits such as cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, and hormone regulation and many more. Our editorial staff put together recipes in “A New and Balanced You: Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle.” Be sure you cut them out and stick them on your refrigerator!

Now onto the second important aspect of a healthy lifestyle – exercise. We are proud to introduce a new contributor, Chahna Tailor, a young dynamic woman and yoga instructor. Check out her article, “Yoga: Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

On a sad note, we join millions of fans of Bollywood legendary actress Sri Devi by remembering her in “A Tribute to Sri Devi”. Veteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee, Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away at a very early age of 54.

On a brighter note, we share with readers the beautiful pictures of another record breaking attendance at the Atlanta MyShadi Bridal Expo. On behalf of the Desh Videsh Media Group team, I would like to thank all the participating vendors, fashion show sponsor Puneet Kaur from Celestial Pehnawa, makeup artist Manisha of Forever Beauty, choreographer Shubhra Singh, Nirali and Pradip Patel for the beautiful stage décor, and last but not least, all the attendees.

Let me end, by inviting you all to join us at our next MyShadi Bridal Expo in Orlando on April 15, 2018. As you all know, Orlando is our flagship show where a record number of attendees not only from Orlando, but from neighboring cities like Tampa, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Gainesville, Dayton Beach, South Florida, and Tallahassee join us. With over 150 booths with a variety of vendors, we are almost sold out and it is going to be another spectacular show.

See you on April 15 in Orlando!

Raj Shah
Managing Editor


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