Beyond Borders

  Collateral Damage!The term has been so ubiquitously and loosely used that it has lost all meaning except one- almost always the party at the receiving end is helpless and hapless. And never has it been brought in to greater focus than recently with the October 3rd bombing of the...

Health in the time of Hartal Mar14

Health in the time of Hartal

It is that time of the month in Kerala again……….the good old hartal. A political party calls for one, calculated to disrupt life and activity in the worst way possible. The populace or at least the majority gear up for the holiday with a calm acceptance and in some cases anticipation. The small business, unsuspecting visitors to the state and events scheduled for the day take a beating. Beverages, legal and otherwise, show brisk sales. All in a day’s play for us in Kerala. Healthcare, of course has to run a different course. That is expected to function as if there is no disruption. It can’t shut shop and sit at home. Asthma, appendicitis,...

Dr Robin Williams- R...

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome. Robin Williams moved on to the theatre in the sky recently. A man who entertained generations had incredible acting skills, unbounded energy and great sense of humour all...

SKINTILLATING May31

SKINTILLATING

SKINTILLATING : A review of  SKIN-a biography Don’t judge a book by its cover- in this case I would ask you to disregard the advice, the textured jacket evoking the sense of touch is just an apt covering for a full bodied book on the largest organ of the human body. For us, coming from a...

SAVE THE DOCTOR- IND...

(An open letter to the young Indian Doctor)   Dear Friends, The campaign started by the young doctors has gone viral. Much has been voiced by the junior doctors in the hot seat as well as policy makers. As expected from an educated community, the voices of passion are balanced by those...