Rohtak ki Roohtak

image
From the sprawling lawns of Tilyar where we spent rebellious mass bunks to the Bangar theatre, which was never too far to watch a 'good' movie From the pricey Mynah where we dined if someone else was paying to the poor chana wala , outside our hostel gates who would obligingly put extra tomatoes in our chaat Quila road, where we landed bargains because we were medical st...
Read More

Gas Chambers

image
Air isn't invisible anymore. It can be seen in living rooms, news rooms and the corridors of power. The Supreme Court called Delhi a gas chamber forcing the state government to take some bold steps to curb pollution. The fifteen day experiment proved that majority of Delhites are concerned about the environment and willing to be inconvenienced for the larger good. More importan...
Read More

The year that was

image
The medical scene flourished like Old McDonald's farm, here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack quack. Qualified Doctors and Health providers, on the other hand, felt increasingly alienated and persecuted. Incidents of patients and attendants metamorphosing into violent mobs were widely reported. The state and courts weren't sympathetic either with unheard of compensatio...
Read More

Spirit Dampeners

image
As the year comes to an end my mind wanders to the thousand motorists in New Delhi who spent the early hours of 2015 trying to wriggle out of an unpleasant situation. Last New year eve Delhi Traffic Police had issued challans to nearly 1000 motorists for violating traffic rules out of which 608 were prosecuted for drunken driving. Apart from this seven people who tragically los...
Read More

Reading my Pulse

image
It all started with my slipper......and then there was my dad, my dog, my mum, my daughter, my son, my college friends, even a favourite uncle........there were others too......my phone, a remodelled kitchen and some grumbling gadgets ....and now its about my patients, almost every week! Who knew that my life, whaich, by my own admission, is extraordinarily ordinary could arous...
Read More

Wise or wizened

image
Most of my patients don't know their age and my usual way of calculating it is by adding twenty to the age of the eldest child. Recently I asked an elde rly patient her age and she said, "teesiyan saal ki toh hogi" ( must be around thirty), regarding her wrinkles and grey hair with mild irritation I asked her the age of her eldest child," teesiyan saal ki toh hogi" she repe...
Read More

Organ Music

image
My brother in law has a second chance at life because of the generosity of complete strangers. A chronic diabetic, there had been a rapid decline in his kidney function necessitating dialysis awaiting a renal transplant. With no compatible donors in the family we were contemplating an ABO incompatible transplantation with my sister donating her kidney. That is when we got a cal...
Read More

The B-word

image
Straight out of medical school, when I started practice in a small town, the mention of it would make me puff up with pride and gratitude. After a few years in the rut, I started taking it with a pinch of salt, knowing that the sentiment could change at the drop of a hat ( or blood pressure! ). Thirty years later, I am wary of the word, in fact I forbid my patients to call me '...
Read More

A Dirty Word

image
During clinical training doctors are taught to extract information from patients like policemen, specially in suspicious cases like youth presenting with altered sensorium. One such semi-conscious patient came to our clinic and after a routine history my husband started probing for accidental poisoning. He asked whether she had eaten something inadvertently or if something lyin...
Read More

Good in Evil

12025403_10204255996153726_1835716149_n
It was just a question, casually asked by a patient as I was doing his ultrasound. He inquired why Raavan didn't use magic to disguise himself as Ram and trick Sita into accepting him. Why he pleaded and beseeched instead of using his 'maayavi' super powers? An intriguing thought for the festive season. A fortnight ago we had burnt the evil, literally danced around its ashes an...
Read More