Ente Keralam

  Nothing excites us at TREAT as much as the sight of doctors doing creative work outside their main domain, which informs and enriches their day jobs as well. Rakesh Ramesh, surgical oncologist and multimedia artist brings a unique sensibility to his art. A keen eye makes even his abstracts stand out with quirky details. Life and life forms populate his work- an undercurrent of positivity is omnipresent in his art. A prolific painter, Rakesh has explored different milieu, landscapes and life forms. Keeping with these digital times, his recent foray into art has been on his I-pad. In this issue, we bring you a set where his inspiration is his childhood and College days in some of the most picturesque parts of Gods own country. With each piece, we include his small description which make these images all the more vivid. Here is Rakesh Ramesh’s I-pad art, we’ll call this set Ente Keralam   Attukal Pongala- The Pongala Mahotsavam is the most important festival of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.  This festival at Aatukal has been entered into the Guinness book of world records as the largest congregation of women in the world.The offering of Pongala is a special temple practice prevalent in the southern part of Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu.   Kumarakom – a tourist spot in Kerala ,India won this years UN prize for sustainable tourism. Right from coconut leaves weaving to coir making ,toddy tapping and a country boat ride through the lush green Vembanad Lake, a tourist visiting Kumarakom gets hands on experience about the village life in the popular destination.Here in the picture you can see rural coir making- visit Kumarakom for an hands on experience! Memories of Alappuzha will not be complete without remembering about “Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race”- it comes every year during second Saturday of August and is held in Punnamada Lake.For the people of each village in Kuttanadu ,Vallamkali is not just a sport, but a splendid display of their culture and togetherness. “Karkidaka Vavu Bali “- is the sacrificial ritual performed in memory of the departed souls of ancestors.On the day of Vavu people belonging to the Hindu religion gather on the riverbanks and beaches to offer Bali.People believe that the departed souls attain mohsha if the ritualistic homage is performed on Karkidaka Vavu. It was always a joy to see children jumping to the lake during summer days – some sweet memories from Venice Of The East – Alappuzha. Kollam Beach is always a colorful memory for me – it is mainly because of the ease with which you can fly a kite!   Alappuzha is always my second home – I just love that place especially the backwaters and the people living around it. Thrissur Pooram- one of the most popular temple festivals of the South India. It is famous for Chenda Melam , display of golden elephant caparisons, fireworks , crowd… Once in a life time you should have a feel of a temple festival in Kerala – so lively and colorful. Kerala – a state in India has the maximum literacy rate( approximately 97%)- governments literacy policy made many elderly learn to write and read,share their thoughts with their grand children- life changed for them.It is a pleasure to see this site in rural Kerala village – grandchild reading and the grandfather listening to it!.   Rakesh brings the same sensitivity to his work as cancer surgeon. Passionate about patient education and disease prevention, he puts his art skills to use creating unique material. Hope you enjoyed this series. We will bring you more from this artist and others through ART PALETTE in the future.    ...

TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH Feb15

TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH...

[Through SENTINEL, we bring to you monuments, installations or artwork which stands testimony to the challenges and triumphs of the world of Healthcare.] TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH-ERADICATION OF SMALLPOX This statue, situated in front of the WHO headquarters in Geneva, was unveiled by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan in 2010, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of eradication of smallpox. This is the description given at the base of the statue: The conquest of smallpox was an unprecedented achievement made possible by all nations working together. On 8 May 1980 the Thirty Third World Health Assembly declared the world free from smallpox. The cast bronze and stone statue depicts four persons, one of who is a girl about to be vaccinated in the arm. The statue pays homage to all those who were involved in the eradication drive, including governments, health care workers, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, commercial firms, and village leaders who supported the vaccination of their residents and provided food and shelter on many occasions to vaccination teams. Plaques surrounding the statue, written in the six official languages of WHO, state that this victory was made possible by all nations working together. The designer and sculptor of the statue is Welshman, Martin Williams. Photographs Contributed by Preethy Harrison , Dermatologist and HIV Physician,...

PRANA

The word alternative when used with Medicine is often taken as something inferior, only to be undertaken if one is game for experimentation etc. Most of this stems from an incomplete understanding of these systems of Medicine and a lack of practitioners who truly practice across these domains. Dr Shirdi Prasad Tekur, a paediatrician and integrative health practitioner has been doing so for decades. In his inimitable style, he helps us look at alternative systems with a fresh eye.   Let’s get down to the basics – the “funda/s” in current parlance. The alternatives differ from modern medicine in many ways and in a relook, it is wiser to pursue that which could be crucial for health care and therefore for the system currently in practice. The concept of PRANA is one such enigmatic viewpoint that pervades all systems and given the importance due in applications of the system. PRANA is an easy enough concept to understand for Indians, being an integral part of their understanding of life. It is called the VITAL FORCE or DYNAMIS by Homoeopaths, QI or TCHI by the Chinese, PNEUMA by the Greeks (ANIMA in Latin), TABIAT or TIBB by the Unani/Persian (Colloquially – MIZAAZ) and so on. The essence of all these is that it is a force – a priori – to life itself, and not what is generally believed to be a product that emerges out of life (the signs of life, that is, like breath, movement, reaction to stimuli, repair and reproduction, etc). This energy is part of Universal energy that creates life as we see it. Thus, the modern system’s definition of BIO-ENERGY as a measurable product of biological activity is considered a secondary manifestation, variously labeled as Tejas, Ojas and so on to...