SUPERWOMAN

Is that what you think of when you imagine Superwoman? Well, my friend Kamakshi Karuna Kapilavai, with her infant son, feels differently. Recently, she put up a quote from Edgar Watson Howe on facebook, “If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.” She says that she received many comments on posting this. But she isn’t locking […]

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HIPPOCRATIC OATH AND THE MODERN INDIAN DOCTOR

Following is taken from Wikipedia: The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by doctors and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students. A widely used modern version of the traditional oath was penned in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, former Principal of the Sackler […]

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CHALLENGES OF SECURING INDIA’S ENERGY NEEDS

We are moving through very interesting times as far as India’s Energy scene is concerned. In the last few years, after the Indian economy was unshackled from some of the restraints (the period called ‘economic liberalization’), our spectacular GDP growth has been globally noticed. To fuel this fast growing economy, India needs to secure its Energy needs, both indigenously and through imports. The most exciting of the indigenous discoveries have […]

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ANYTHING FOR FOOTWEAR

We, in India, from ancient times till now, hold footwear in great awe and respect. I don’t know about earlier times, but, from the time of Lord Rama, sandals are regarded as good as the king himself, the ruler, the monarch. Bharat, in the absence of Lord Rama, ruled Ayodhya through the latter’s sandals.Seen in this light one cannot understand the brouhaha about Mayawati sending an aeroplane to fetch her sandals. […]

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IS AMERICA THE PERFECT WORLD THAT WE IMAGINE?

India is 141st in the world in Human Development Index; it is 135th most dangerous nation out of 153; Mumbai is 116th in world big cities in livability. However, whenever we have to compare ourselves we don’t stop at any other nation but compare ourselves straight with America. It is not just with the media or the intelligentia. You go to the remotest village in the country and the commonest […]

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MY YOUNG DAYS OF WATCHING MOVIES IN SOUTH BOMBAY

I joined the Indian Navy in 1973 and in 1975 I was a commissioned officer. I have many happy memories of the first few years of my career in the Navy that were spent in South Bombay. I was never into politics but it is my belief that internecine and dirty politics had not spoiled Bombay at that time. Bombay Police, for example, used to be compared with Scotland Yard […]

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OUT OF THE BOX THINKING?

This is the dilemma the armed forces face. In a uniformed service we choose to promote the uniformity of training, response, actions; in short everything. It is a virtual cloning. DSSC tells you that even letters have to be written a particular way: “I have the honour to state that we are not getting anywhere” etc. Then, suddenly, at a particular rank and seniority, we hope that some would still have some […]

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HOW CORRUPT OR HONEST ARE WE?

Suddenly, due to Anna Hazare’s movement, the subject of Corruption is everywhere. The focus or the target is still the Powerful and the Rich. It has been taken for granted that all of us are upright; but, like the good, sati-savitri, bathed in milk, Hindi movie heroine who is forced into prostitution by the cruel samaaj (society), we are somehow forced into giving bribes. Hence, we’d make ourselves believe that […]

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SHATTERED DREAMS

Shamli was  a quaint village. From across the hill it would appear as if huts and houses were rolled down from the top of the steep hill and they somehow managed to hang on to a relatively flatter portion. This was fortuitous because a few metres more they would have surely fallen over a cliff into the silvery river far below.Lakshmi was born into a traditional farmer family. She was […]

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IS YOUR BLOG YOUR CHILD?

This is mainly for the blogging community. I have often wondered what does my blog mean to me. Finally, the comparison that comes to mind is that of my sons Arjun and Arun when they were small. How I worried about them. How I wished they would do well. Because of them it became common for me to show interest in other people’s children so that they too would show […]

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WHY MUST WE LOVE INDIAN ROADS

Fed up of driving on Indian roads? Frustrated with our driving habits? Well, we have a good thing going and you are either not aware of it or don’t have respect for Indian values. In your hurry to denigrate us you have missed out the following: 1. India is the only country in the world where we have “environmentally friendly” roads. You are never too far from mother Nature. Environmentally Friendly […]

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PITFALLS OF MAJORITY RULE

Winston Churchill once said that Democracy is not really an ideal system of government. However, he quickly added that it is better than other systems that we have tried out. One big pitfall of democracy is that since it is a government chosen by the majority, at least in theory, the others have to make peace with their wishes, desires and needs being subsumed by those in majority. It also […]

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A FATHER IS JUST A FATHER, BUT A MOM IS LIFE

If friends try to detect just a wee bit of the ‘J’ word in this article, let me tell you I won’t be writing this if I was jealous. I have spent the best years of my life in the company of my own mother, and how can I be jealous of my own kids thinking no end of their mom?Talking about best years of one’s life, I am reminded […]

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ANNA HAZARE AND THE INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS

Last night as soon as the letter by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was read out by his emissary Vilasrao Deshmukh, Anna Hazare on the twelfth day of his fast, thanked the people for having come this far that they can rejoice about what he called “half victory“.  Who are the “people” that he thanked? Well, largely these are middle class people of India who have made Anna’s movement against corruption so […]

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