Today, I was out for a walk at the nearby park in the morning. I went at 7 and for 45 minutes it was the regular group of walkers, runners and badminton players. At 7.45 there was suddenly a small stall setup and four guys wearing bright yellow T.shirts and holding up a placard, took positions at the four corners of the park. It was a campaign for a new brand of sunflower oil, one that promised to lower bad cholesterol.

And they had a weighing machine, plus a height measurement scale.. So basically, fool the customer that his or her out of whack BMI will kill him/her, unless they ate things made with this particular oil and puff, bad cholesterol gone, and you are healthy. Wish life was that simple and being healthy so easy. :):). Anything fried is bad for health ..however healthy the cooking oil is. Why…

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“Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

Fareed speaks with Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India and chairman of India’s largest company, Reliance Industries, about the state of the global economy. To see the full interview, download the show at iTunes.

You are very bullish about the United States, probably more bullish than a lot of Americans. What about the other key drivers of the world economy? Because a lot of people say, look, China is slowing down, Brazil has slowed down, India has slowed down? What do you think of the emerging markets story?

I think that China is maintaining steady growth. It’s not decelerating. Europe has found its own transition path. And they will transgress through the financial system in an orderly way, India has had some slow growth, but I am really very optimistic on India.

Why is that?…

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