A run around the Pandals of Calcutta

I am planning on literally giving you , dear reader, the run-around…. A batchmate of mine, who for the sake of brevity we shall call the Running Man, has developed a taste of photographing the route he runs on… we of the Zedd, jest and call it “phogging” (Photographing while Jogging- for the un-initiated)…. WhoContinue reading “A run around the Pandals of Calcutta”

04 Aug 1962 …… AFMC Pune

May the Fourth be with you! Poona or Pune, whatever the name may evolve into, AFMC will remain the Armed Forces Medical College, my Alma Mater. Irrespective of national rankings etc etc, this Indian Medical School will always be Numero Uno for me and for nearly 8000 others who call AFMC home. The story startedContinue reading “04 Aug 1962 …… AFMC Pune”

Ethics and personal integrity! The CCD saga…

Cafe Coffee Day transformed the social scene in India with its laid back style and presence on virtually every street corner in our cities. Even though I belong to Coorg, the land of coffee I am not much of a coffee drinker…. Still, I have spent many an hour with my wife, my friends, myContinue reading “Ethics and personal integrity! The CCD saga…”

Sir, Should I join the Armed Forces ? A common question posed by young medical students of a certain premier medical school! Many answers, tough decision, dilemmas…. for parents and the young doctor (to-be) alike

This write up is by my much loved batchmate Surg Cdr (Dr) Vivek Kumar, Navy Veteran (MD Internal Medicine and Intensivist) , presently Chief Intensivist at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital Mumbai. Reproduced with his permission , and narrated suitably by his friendly neighbourhood Sp…. I meant batchmate. It was originally published in theContinue reading “Sir, Should I join the Armed Forces ? A common question posed by young medical students of a certain premier medical school! Many answers, tough decision, dilemmas…. for parents and the young doctor (to-be) alike”

Mosquito Borne Diseases – A bit more…

Mosquito borne diseases, with Malaria predominating amongst these, are verily the scourge of humankind since times immemorial (I was about to write ‘mankind’, then remembered that I should try to use the gender sensitive term instead) . While there may be media and public hype about Elimination / Eradication / Control of diseases like Malaria,Continue reading “Mosquito Borne Diseases – A bit more…”

Cricket and the Bhagvad Gita

“I guess they just flattered to deceive… ” this might well be the common sentiment coursing through the common Indian cricket fan! After a scintillating performance through the World Cricket Cup 2019, to virtually deflate in the semi Finals, to the chagrin of a billion people (there are a few million in India who doContinue reading “Cricket and the Bhagvad Gita”

You may not smoke! However Tobacco still endangers you and your loved ones!

Nonsmokers breathe in the same toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke as the smokers do, with similar, although smaller effects. The smoke nonsmokers breathe is known as secondhand smoke and the process of breathing secondhand smoke is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. The smoke contains thousands of toxic chemicals, including benzene, cyanide, cadmium, lead, radioactive polonium, benzo(a)pyrene, ammonia, carbon monoxide,Continue reading “You may not smoke! However Tobacco still endangers you and your loved ones!”

There is more to Malaria than dealing with the Mosquito! A tale of hard working field workers in South Odisha.

Even a child in school today, knows that malaria is caused by the bite of an infected female Anopheline mosquito ! https://www.who.int/features/qa/10/en/ Today, we know of what causes malaria, how it is transmitted, its diagnosis, treatment etc etc…. We know the contribution of Ronald Ross https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/history/ross.html But does this child or that child’s parent knowContinue reading “There is more to Malaria than dealing with the Mosquito! A tale of hard working field workers in South Odisha.”