Culture & Life · Medicine & Doctors · Recommended movies, books etc.

WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

This was published on May 15, 2017 in theWire.in. Here is the link, and below is an extract. The much-loved and much-reviewed When Breath Becomes Air is a unique autobiographical work by US neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, a terminally ill doctor-turned-patient who died at age 36… It is useful reading for both the general public and… Continue reading WIth patients in India getting increasingly impatient with doctors, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir invites us to pause and think

History · Politics · Recommended movies, books etc.

Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

This was published on Gandhi’s death anniversary this year, Jan 30 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract: In a documentary on the making of the movie, Attenborough expressed phenomenal admiration for one of young Gandhi’s most profound insights: “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored… Continue reading Conversing With Gandhi in Digital India

History · Recommended movies, books etc. · Religion

How the Grand Old Bhandarkar Urged Indian Historians to Rein in Their ‘Glorious Past’ Fantasies

This was published in theWire.in on 14 January 2017. Here is the link. Below is an extract: In the 1918 speech, Bhandarkar expressed exasperation over “persons who find in the Rgveda allusions to X-rays, railways and what not.” While he urges us not to consider the great epics and the Puranas etc. as strict historical… Continue reading How the Grand Old Bhandarkar Urged Indian Historians to Rein in Their ‘Glorious Past’ Fantasies

History · History of Medicine · Medicine & Doctors

When India’s ‘National Doctor’ Was Denied Service By an American Restaurant

I wrote this article on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day in India (July 1). It was published in ‘thewire.in’. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: Satyajit Ray and Pather Panchali – Satyajit Ray had to struggle to fund his film Pather Panchali, later on a world-famous venture. After several dead-ends, his mother… Continue reading When India’s ‘National Doctor’ Was Denied Service By an American Restaurant

Public health · Recommended movies, books etc.

Harvard Student Working For India’s Rural Women and Maternal Health

I wrote this article to honor the magnificent work being done by my friend Aneel Brar in the field of maternal health. It appeared in HuffPost India on March 13, 2016. Here is the link. Following is an extract: “It’s a much better life there” is what the lead character opined about America in the… Continue reading Harvard Student Working For India’s Rural Women and Maternal Health

Cinema & Bollywood · Public health

It is High Time Bollywood Acknowledged Cancer Survivors

This article was published in HuffPost India on Aug 11 2015. Here is the link. Below is an extract: A cancer survivor indeed is an extraordinary kind of human being, surviving through multiple tremendously agonizing events: the initial scare of possible diagnosis, the subsequent pain of certain diagnosis, the trauma of hospital visits and therapy… Continue reading It is High Time Bollywood Acknowledged Cancer Survivors

Culture & Life

Gandhi, Tata, and the Uncomfortable Indian in the West

The Huffington Post carried this on Dec 8, 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: “Just as it was for Gandhi then, the process of reading and understanding a restaurant menu in the West is exhausting and painful even now. The first time at a Starbucks in the US, a friend and I… Continue reading Gandhi, Tata, and the Uncomfortable Indian in the West