Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Using hypothetical Facebook conversations and some satire, I have attempted to highlight the challenges faced by India’s poor in maternal care. 1. Almost 70% of Indians live in villages, and a majority of villages have poor govt health infrastructure and unreliable electricity supply. People manage somehow, but these ‘jugaads’ are dangerous & unsustainable. Besides, the… Continue reading India’s Maternal Care System, Presented via Facebook

Fiction · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

This part-satire fictional article was published in India Medical Times on 30 jan 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: “We have this pet phrase of ‘skilled birth attendance’. Politicians and bureaucrats naively believe that getting women give birth in hospitals instead of homes satisfies the ‘skilled birth attendance’ recommendation of the World… Continue reading Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Fiction · Politics

A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

[Almost every government at national and state levels in India has always given in to the tempting fumes of the seductive political dope called ‘Indian culture and tradition’. But being so mindblowingly diverse, in India one woman’s culture can be another woman’s sin and one man’s tradition can be another man’s abuse. Still, each govt… Continue reading A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

Culture & Life · Fiction

A Conversation on Open Relationships

(At a restaurant in Boston, eavesdropping a conversation between students Joanne (English) and Mohan (Indian), who got to know each other through a mutual friend some days back. Soft laughter heard.) M: Has any guy talked to you about boobs on a first date? J: What?! (Thinks a bit) Not really. M: Boobs just enamor… Continue reading A Conversation on Open Relationships

Culture & Life

Thanksgiving and the Invisible Palm

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be. In economics the concept of the ‘invisible hand’ is paramount: a force that somehow translates the self-seeking actions of each individual into an ultimate good-for-the society result. The Invisible Hand stimulates every person to only act for their own well-being. Much… Continue reading Thanksgiving and the Invisible Palm

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