Monday, August 25, 2008

organic has arrived ...for good!




I read biology at school , therefore i know that DDT levels (in ppm) are highest in humans ...and even higher in indians.
Sitting on the top of food chain , enjoying a wide array of culinary delights, right from green veggies in our salad to the turkey and chicken and the lamb , this is the price we have to pay (reminds me of the Bourdain's "No Reservations" ads.) .
Yeah , we are a very hungry species , will do anything to feed ourselves . we will grow more , will sow more , will put more fertilizers and will not stand a single insect eating our grains, will put more insectisides....even if it all leads to our own damage .
Guess what ? I am hungry!!!
Yes, i am a fan of organic food and so are you !
Even when we don't exactly know the manifestations of DDT toxicity , but we DO know.. it's a bad thing ..bad enough to take our lives. Believe me this much knowledge will do!




Living in india , where organic food is some fashion of the well off's and not an everyday thing and organic farming has just started to gain popularity...i know we've a long way to go.
But wait, talking of farming where no chemicals are used .. i know this, this is something that poor farmers do (or have to do)...cuz they have no money! So, can i say that farming in india is by default organic ? I guess I can ..but not completely.We still have states like punjab , where people probably eat more ddt than anywhere else in the world , where some districts have so many cases of skin cancer that people have named a train after it.All this automatically makes us a fan !....of organic farming , food , living ...u name it!
Anyhow things are looking up..although govt. is not so hot on anything organic,(busy with nuclear 123 cha cha cha) BUT BUT BUT there are people like Vandana Shiva ,who are loyal to the cause, i must say i was lucky to see how much work "navdanya" has done already .



The concept of preserving indigenous seeds and building seed banks is scientific and has a sense of individuality. I admit that it never occurred to me that most indian species of grains are under direct danger of becoming extinct ,thanks to the better yielding , the costlier, the genetically modified AND the very american variety of seeds.
All said and done, they say "every journey starts with a single step"..i'd say navdanya took that first step , forwards.. definately...
...........a lot needs to be done .

Friday, August 22, 2008

i am going mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yes , i am going mad.



i am filling my electives forms , and i am really surprised how complicated this paperwork can be!!!



tommorrow i have to go to a doc. and get my vaccination completed . and a hell lot of stuff remains to be done ....please god give me a personal assistant, someone who has a strong stomach and lot of patience..



okay i think i will put myself together and stop cribbing ...sob sob (can i weep?)



hey , mah new cell ..nokia n series 73 has an amazing amazing camera. i just clicked a gr8 pic ..
i swear this one is 100 times better than my old motorola cell...but ya that was a decent cell too(and faithful).



and this week i painted this lil thing too...turned out to be "not bad"....what say pill?



fear...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Well...my best moment would be ..when I assisted a neurosurgeon and saved a little girl after jaipur blasts. She had a severe head injury and her survival was not possible without intervention. Thank you god for making me a doctor!

scene at s.m.s.hosptial on tuesday,8.10 pm the E.R.I and my friends,all interns, rushed to the hospital as soon as we heardabout the blasts..there was huge crowd in front of the hospital..as weentered inside , we saw that the usually white and shiny floor of theE.R. had turned red , there was so much blood on the floor that it madeit slippery and difficult to walk.we had never in our lives seen so many dead bodies as we did that night,piled on top of one another. they were quickly moved to make room forthe injured, some bodies had gone into a stage of rigor mortis ,whichmade them difficult to handle.blasts left 67 dead and 250 injured ,all a result of 9 bombs that detonated in lessthan 20 mins.the triage was completed in minutes.everything was going fine untill another ambulance arrived bringing morevictims..it was clear that we needed to form team and workaccordingly...one of our senior residents divided us into rescueteams...5 of us stood on the gate with i.v. fluids and canullae and therest were working inside..more and more doctors came as the news spread, some of the doctors werestanding on the other side of the road, unable to wade through the rushand mayhem.most of the victims were shifted to the 'polytrauma ward' after theinitial resusciation. it was there that the atual extent of injuries wasassessed.two of the patients who were very seriously injured,and finally din'ntmake it,were policemen.at around 10pm ,the blood bank was short of o-negative blood, which wasdreadly needed.some of my collegues went out and asked people to stepforward and donate blood.later we heard the news channels and the govt.had also made an appeal. it was amazing to see that so many people fromacross the city came in to donate blood that later the blood bank had tosay that they have enough blood!the injuries were typical blast injures , it was probably RDX as peoplewere injured more than they were burnt.a lot of patients had haemothorax and haemoperitonium,diagnosed by aprompt ultrasound, large number of head injuries, fractures, rupturedspleens and livers and even tongues.. are just to name a few type ofinjuries.one of the most depressing stories is when the mobile phones of the deadwere ringing and doctors had to answer them, only to tell that theperson who owns the phone is no more.








fear ...






Life goes on . Was it Charles Darwin or somebody else who said” it is difficult to create life but once created it is even more difficult to curb it.” But who wants a life full of fear? Living with the fear of dying any second is worse than death itself.A few days ago, many people died out of no fault of their own, in the middle of a peaceful city…jaipur. Sometimes it makes you think about world problems social, economical, environmental blah blah …aren’t there enough of them to drive us crazy that we need another problem to surface with every passing day. This world ,with Katrina and tsunamis, is just marginally fit to live and we really don’t need jehadies or RUF or gorillas. God, this you made, is not a fair world.Hate is an emotion and so is grief ,both are knitted closely to make the fabric of modern world. World is unjust . True. Hatred can be justified. Expressing it is also justified as long as it does not lead to grief. But how can you justify the killing of a 4 year old girl who barely knows the world ,that too in a city as peaceful as jaipur with no involvement in world politics whatsoever .Not fair !Not fair! We did nothing to deserve this.And how bad can ‘they’ be hurt to stoop down to the levels of planning such diabolical and cold blooded acts. Or how badly have they failed in carrying out collateral talks and sort their problems that ‘this’ has come as a last resort to them? These are nothing but acts of cowardice .




But the more important question that lies ahead is what are we ,the educated and the more sensible people doing to bring this to an end. What is it that unites every nation in the fight against malaria and HIV but divides them at the mere mention of terrorism? What fear keeps us from coming out in open against the same. Why do we always have to bandage the injured and never get a chance to score our very own feat . Lighting candles after the blasts is no way of showing how bravely you have emerged but dismantling their bombs is. I don’t believe in being offensive ..but we sure can be overly defensive and curb their plans.
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Life as a doctor is gifted with moments you can call best or great yet, there are some mundane ones. Some of my great moments would be when I got a nice, undisturbed 10 hour sleep. On a serious note, this blog is a way I can share my great and not so great moments with you and cherish a little bit of life in the busy 24/7 days and weeks.  Through these posts, I hope to reflect on what's going on around me. Blog posts will be about Healthcare, Books, and Culture (all three of my passions).

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