Friends with Benefits

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Of the many nuggets of wisdom my patients have imparted, this one is my favourite. An elderly tau once told me the secret of a happy life. With a twinkle in his eye he said," Zindagi neh badhiya banane khatir do unche, do suche aur do lucche dost chhavein". ( for a happy life you need two well placed, two enlightened and two unruly friends). He insisted that I shouldn't dwell o...
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Fat Chance

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Two states were in the news last week and established that corpulence is rampant across the country. One posed a problem the other offered a solution. A recently concluded study pointed to the growing girth of the average Punjabi and India's wellness hotspot Kerala became the first Indian state to impose a "fat tax". A fat tax is a surcharge that is placed upon fattening foo...
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Pursuing Happiness

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Last week on Environment Day when the world was reaffirming its intention to save the planet, my mind wandered to Bhutan and how this Carbon negative country is different from the rest of us. I had a chance to visit this quaint land with college friends recently. We were making good a promise we had made to ourselves three decades ago. We had plenty of reasons to rejoice on thi...
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Sedition and less

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Universities, college campuses and students have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A wave of unrest has hit the youth across the country. A certain amount of dissent is expected from young blood and is necessary to make educational institution a nurturing ground for new ideas. Sadly with the rise of intolerance, disagreement has been equated to betrayal. Nationalism, ...
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Loops and Loopholes

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As the dust on the sedition saga was settling “Bharat Mata ki Jai” stirred fresh nationalist fervour. Patriotic and constitutional implications have been invoked by the 'great debaters' of our country but for most Indians the slogan is simply a salutation to the mother figure. This paradox of women worship calls for a revisit on an issue recently raised by the Union Minister fo...
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Rohtak ki Roohtak

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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...
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Gas Chambers

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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...
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The year that was

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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...
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Spirit Dampeners

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As the year comes to an end my mind wanders to the thousand motorists in New Delhi who spent the early hours of 2016 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...
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Reading my Pulse

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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...
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