The 5 P’s of Mass Gatherings

I was privileged to have been invited in the recent past to give a TEDx talk at IISER Pune. For those of you who are not aware, the IISER institutes were established by the Government of India at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati to integrate and promote interdisciplinary science education and research.Continue reading “The 5 P’s of Mass Gatherings”

Lock down Home Tips – Cleaning vegetables, milk packets and your hands…

Everyone is locked down or locked in… Better surely than being locked up? Right? Combating the COVID 19 pandemic requires various preventive measures to be instituted at the individual , family and societal levels. You can read more about these other measures elsewhere on the http://www.who.int (International) or http://www.mohfw.gov.in (India specific) websites. From the foodContinue reading “Lock down Home Tips – Cleaning vegetables, milk packets and your hands…”

Training of healthcare personnel in usage of Personal Protective Clothing

On TV channels we often see healthcare personnel dressed in ‘space like’ gear on a biosafety protocol, investigating outbreaks or engaging in intriguing missions involving infectious diseases. Most lay people do not understand that wearing protective gear, which actually protects against unknown and known infectious disease agents, is very cumbersome and not ‘glamourous’ . ItContinue reading “Training of healthcare personnel in usage of Personal Protective Clothing”

Social Distancing – Will it flatten the ‘curve’?

The peculiar advantage of living in the modern 2020’s is that though our vision may not be 20/20, and we cannot even predict what can happen or will happen on the next day, we can definitely hope to have hindsight at some time in the future. The power of information available instantly for consumption byContinue reading “Social Distancing – Will it flatten the ‘curve’?”

nCoV (COVID – 2019) – Spread of Respiratory Illness- What can you do about keeping yourself safe?

nCoV might seem a very exotic acronym. Something which is all kinds of secret agent stuff…. or I can simply let you know that its just one of those little micro organisms that is waiting on the sidelines, waiting to catch an immunologically naive global villager unawares. In this increasingly interconnected world, we are atContinue reading “nCoV (COVID – 2019) – Spread of Respiratory Illness- What can you do about keeping yourself safe?”

Wintry Wellington

Wellington, near Ootacamund in the Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu, India, is where this photo essay is set. Again, tis not I, it be my runaway batchmate, the Running Man! Remember him from those photos taken whilst running around Calcutta, from an earlier blogpost? Summers are deliciously cool, high in the Nilgiri mountains, and theContinue reading “Wintry Wellington”

Governance- What it means to the man on the street!

Governance means different things to different people, depending on where you are in your life. “Good governance is epitomized by predictable, open and enlightened policy-making, a bureaucracy imbued with a professional ethos acting in furtherance of the public good, the rule of law, transparent processes, and a strong civil society participating in public affairs.” YouContinue reading “Governance- What it means to the man on the street!”

27th Oct : You knew it was Deepawali , Did you know it also was Infantry Day?

Greetings and best wishes to the reader , for the Festive season and for life in general. You cant be in India and not get to know about Diwali or Deepawali, the Festival of lights , of joy, of celebration, of gorging on over caloric foods and general all round bon homie……. However, what youContinue reading “27th Oct : You knew it was Deepawali , Did you know it also was Infantry Day?”