"Children and play are synonymous with each other. I remember that even through the tough life I have seen as a farm labourer's daughter, play was never far away from all the work and struggle we went through..." says M.C. Mary Kom, the Bronze medal winner in recently concluded London 2012 Olympics.

Mold is ubiquitous in nature. Filamentous fungi often produce mold in indoor environments. Excessive moisture, a carbon source, a moderate temperature (25ºC), and dampness, besides other factors, are supportive elements for the growth of mold indoors.

The role of Indian pharmaceutical and compounding facilities in the world is vital. As per the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), this sector alone attracted a foreign direct investments (FDI) worth over US$ 960 million between April 2000 and May 2012. As a result of which, the pharmaceutical market in India is one of the fastest growing sectors, next to information technology.

In the indoor environment, settled dust may contain a number of biogenic and a-biogenic entities. The nature, type, and contents of microbial populations harbored by the “House Dust” may vary depending on the ecological niche and other environmental parameters, such as humidity, temperature etc.

The indoor environment becomes a concern when it gets contaminated due to Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) pollutants. The monitoring of indoor environments becomes necessary in order to evaluate and manage the health and hygiene around such polluted area.

There is always so much more to do than one has time for. Time management is a skill that no one teaches you at school (and if parents do, we don’t listen to them) but we are expected to be good at it. Effective time management requires that we know our short term and long term goals, be organized and overcome procrastination, a tall task indeed!

19 year old, Tanya, had recently joined her MBBS course and was staying in the hostel, her first time away from home. She had her exams round the corner and was experiencing intense crying spells, calling her mother several times a day and asking her to come and stay with her as she could not face the exam without her mother’s support. She was preoccupied with the idea of failing her first exam and becoming a laughing stock and was finding it difficult to concentrate on or enjoy any activity.

During the winter season, people mostly spend their time indoors. The outdoor activity is at a minimum. Obviously, it becomes essential to know the potential contaminants/allergens of the indoor environment.