Showing posts from April, 2007

Book Review - Doctor At Home by Dr John Daniel and Dr Jagjit Daniel

Dr John Daniel is a good friend of mine and lives in Bangalore. The most striking aspect about him is his affable demeanour and contagious sense of humour. He spends time reading and writing, besides of course watching TV and keeping up with current affairs.

He doesn't practise now, but has a keen eye on matters of health. He has authored a wonderful book: Doctor At Home, along with his wife Dr Jagjit Daniel. Though, naturally, it is not a substitute to an actual doctor at home, it comes very close to it; because, it answers a number of doubts we all have on health and fitness. It has a lot of tips and advices, and has been written keeping in mind the Indian medical scenario.

More on the book later. Before that, a little about a new passion he has just discovered. During the past few months, Dr Daniel has been exploring the new communication-publishing medium of weblog. Yesterday, he called me up to say that his blog is now up and running. Keep in touch with him at Funnylines.

Bangalore flooded in summer!

Imagine, a flood in summer! That's what happened in Bangalore on Saturday. On a night of heavy downpour, water entered houses and basements of apartment complexes, roads became unmotorable, streets resembled lakes, and one didn't know if there was ground or drain under water. The tragic fallout: one woman was washed away. Surely it doesn't speak well of a global Indian city.More than the tragedy what matters are corrective steps. And, that's where we draw a blank. Civic problems mostly stem out of violations of rules and regulations pertaining to construction of housing and commercial complexes. And, yesterday, chief minister H D Kumarasway, who visited some flooded localities, threw his hands up, and said he would have to handle the issue of encroachments with kid-gloves since it was a sensitive matter. Flagrant abdication of responsibilities? What else.If a person has been legally paying taxes for an illegal property, and that too for years on end, then there is some…

Why NBC telecast Virginia Tech shooter's video

On Monday, a gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, entered the Virginia Tech campus, sprayed bullets at random killing 33 persons, most of them students. This is the worst shooting rampage in American history, and it has set off a discussion on that nation's infamous gun culture.

On Wednesday, NBC received a package containing a rambling and often incoherent 23-page written statement from Cho, 28 video clips and 43 photos — many of them showing Cho brandishing handguns. A Postal Service time stamp reads 9:01 a.m. — between the two attacks on campus. The video has disturbing texts, audio and video clippings in which Cho explains the background to his gruesome act. The package solved the mystery of the 2-hour gap between the first burst of gunfire, at a high-rise dorm, and the second attack, at a classroom building.

According to a news report: "Some of the pictures in the video package show him smiling; others show him frowning and snarling. Some depict him brandishing two weapons at a time, on…

Rain in Bangalore, finally

The weather bureau in Bangalore was indeed right. Yesterday's drizzle was also an indication of more to follow. It poured in most parts of Bangalore this evening, instantly spreading some cheer all around. Afterall, the city has been experiencing unprecedented summer heat. As the rain lashed, some willingly got drenched, others stood in the comforts of shade to watch drops collect into a puddle and flood the area. In everyone's mind surely there was a sense of relief: one, relief from heat; and two, here's the water that we are all thirsting for. Hope, we have a good monsoon!

BCCI takes a firm step forward

The dramatic changes that the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) effected in the team management yesterday reflect the public outcry that followed India's early exit from the ongoing World Cup. Few realise that the outcry was not against India's defeat. There was a feeling gaining ground that a few seniors were taking the large mass of cricket enthusiasts for a royal ride. It's this debilitating environment and conditions that were being sought to be changed by the BCCI.

It must be acknowledged that the cricket board has collectively come to a reasonable stand that indicates a willingness to save this game in our country. A few top senior cricketers -- who had assumed proportions of demigod status -- had virtually held the administration and conduct of the game to hostage.

There wasn't any point in blaiming the coach. In fact, there'sn't anyone talking agaist him, except a few senior players. It's apparent that Greg has been a thorough professional …

Sex education, for whom?

Trust our politicians and administrators to mess up things. The latest row is over whether Indian schools should have sex education or not. If so, from what grade. This is a needlessly controversy, badly handled. Children, who are sought to be protected from this three-letter word are, ironically, hearing and reading a lot about it! A major PR disaster by our educationists, that was further complicated by our politicians.

First the Madhya Pradesh state government banned sex education, then Maharashtra government followed suit. In Karnataka, a minister said there was no need for it, since children don't get AIDS! Coincidentally, a few days later, a Std X girl died of AIDS in Delhi's AIIMS.

Our country has a glorious history and culture of sex. Kama Sutra, the ancient Indian text on human sexual behaviour composed by Vatsyayana and Khajuraho temple in Madhya Pradesh famous for its erotic sculpture, are just two examples. Add to these today's liberal lifestyle.

It would surely b…