Wednesday, August 31, 2005

BLOG Day 2005


I'll stick to a few known BLOGs
1. The First Blog I Read - Ramya's was quite uninteresting though.
2. Why I'm here - Ashwini went into hibernation for a while heard she's back!
3. An inspiration - Arka's Blog inspired me to add Blogrolls, Sitemeters, now Google Search
4. A Confused Blogger - Raj's Blog, As the title goes....
5. Humorous - Rajesh Advani's Blog

Unfortunately I came to know of BLOG day only on the September 2nd from 6. Megha's Blog But I'm posting it as a Blog Day post

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Headlines....

A country of a Billion people...
Thousands of newspapers...
Hundreds of TV Channels and Radio Stations...
All have the same news headlines...
Death, Dacoity, Robbery, Scams, Rape, Politicians' squabbles...
Does anything else ever hit the headlines?

News from India : of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs ~ news that is little known proclaims the website

Its filled with unusual stories of how ordinary men have changed the lives of their fellow Indians.

From the rich dividends TamilNadu is reaping due to Rain water harvesting to
The story of Sulabh Sauchalya the 'Toilet Revolution' that finally lead to the abolishment of the scavenging class...

Its all there...
But what a pity... While we have thousands of articles with bad news... This site has only a hundred such articles of news that's little known. Go check it out anyway!!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Only in India!

The 1984 Anti-Sikh riots in Delhi...
Over 4000 dead...
21 years and
13 investigation commissions later...
Only 536 cases registered
only 6 convicted...
the congress got away with the resignation of just two ministers...

No wonder the extremists in Gujarat had the audacity to carry out the Post-Godhra riots... and Narendra Modi got away with it too...

The Bofors gun deal...
an estimated Rupees Sixty crore kickbacks paid by the Bofors company to the Indians,
Almost 20 years later after Rupees 650 crore was spent investigating...
none convicted...

No wonder we're still being ruled by Laloos and Ammas...

Our country has a glorious past and is filled with such enterprising and brilliant people. We're still where we are rather than where we should be even after 58 years of Independence only because of the the politicians... the bureaucrats... the judiciary... the whole system...
Everything has to change, and drastically it should otherwise, we will still be here in another 58 years too...

Jai Hindh!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis spreads through infected rat's urine.
Though it commonly enters through damaged skin, it can also enter through intact skin but generally only if immersed in water for long periods.


Some symptoms... Its very vague
Fever
Body ache
Redness in the eye
Diarrhoea
weakness


Sometimes..
skin rashes,
large areas of bruising,


IN SEVERE CASES...
bleeding from the nose
vomiting blood
blood with faeces
blood with urine
decreased quantity of urine



THE DISEASE IS CURABLE and PREVENTABLE
so don't panic, just visit a good doc.


Prevention:
Doxycycline capsule(100mg) twice in a day on ONLY one day every week till the outbreak ends.

Doxycycline is not a brand name, different companies will sell with different names, the pharmacist will know.
Doxycycline should be taken only immediately after food, otherwise it induces gastritis and may cause vomiting.


DISCLAIMER:
This post is in Public interest only, Contact your nearest doctor if you've a problem.

I've kept it as simple as possible without much medical mumbo-jumbo...
If you've any doubt feel free to contact me...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Promises & Commitments

A master carpenter was set to retire after a long and dedicated career building houses for a prominent contractor. At the very beginning of his illustrious tenure he had to promise the contractor that every house he built would be would be built with dedication, care and love as if it was the most important project he had ever been given.

Getting ready to retire, the carpenter went to his boss and informed him that the house he had just completed would be his last. The boss said he was sorry to see him go and asked if he would be kind enough to do a final favor for him. 'Just build me one more house' requested the employer, then you're free to go.' The carpenter, who respected his boss a great deal, agreed and immediately got to work on the new house. But unlike every other house he had built over the years, he did not use the full extent of his expertise with this final one and took every shortcut he knew, used inferior materials and hurried to get the task over with so that he could begin his life as a retired man.

Within weeks the house was completed and the carpenter informed the boss of this fact. 'Thanks for doing this for me, these are for you.' the employer said, handing him over the the keys to the front door. The house you just built is my parting gift for all your years of hard work and dedication.' The carpenter was astounded, he could not believe that the home he had just built was his own.

Because he had breached his core commitment, he ended up living in the only inferior home that he had ever built....

Monday, August 01, 2005

A life lost in vain...

On the night of 29 July 2005 at 11 PM me and my friend were returning from Elliot's Beach, Chennai after a chat with some of my friends.
We were traveling on my bike on the Beasant Avenue that passes through the Theosophical Society when I saw a Road Traffic Accident victim lying in a pool of blood. I parked my vehicle immediately and rushed to make a check. As I proceeded with the ABC of resuscitation it was clear that the person was very much alive though he had sustained a head injury and a part of his brains had spilled on to the road...

A number of good Samaritans joined me... As I monitored his pulse some tried to reach his relatives, some regulated the traffic and some tried to call the emergency numbers on their mobile phones in vain. On a road without Public Calling Booths, none of the emergency numbers were reachable and the recently much publicized 'Apollo Hospitals' Helpline 1066 turned up with an Invalid number response on our mobile phones.

As two of them left for the nearby 'M**** Hospital', at Adyar to fetch an ambulance, I watched helplessly over the dying soul. As the Victim was lying in the middle of the road some of the people wanted to move him to the side, I advised them against doing so saying, the para-medical people would be better prepared to remove the victim without aggravating any possible spine injury.

An Ambulance from the 'M**** Hospital' arrived in a short while, with just two lay-men who were not prepared for dealing with the situation. The Driver and the two men just stood there staring at the victim doing nothing. The crowd got a bit restless and started yelling at them before they started moving and removed the stretcher from the ambulance and assembled it. Shamelessly the two hesitated to even lift the victim, the good samaritans around me finally did the job of lifting the victim on to the stretcher 'to hell with protecting the spine......' As the victim was loaded on to the ambulance his pulse was still going strong normal in rate and rhythm...

I drove to the hospital anger swelling within me at my helplessness and at the hospital. At the hospital the duty doctor checked the victim and declared him dead... Totally dumbfounded I protested, he gave me his stethoscope and connected the victim to the ECG Monitor... The straight line on the monitor and the dilated pupil confirmed the duty doctor's conclusion. The Nurses who should've accompanied the ambulance in the first place,stood there, just watching... I learnt one thing All Nurses aren't Florence Nightingales and Many Nurses are very lazy not only in the government set-up, But also in the private set-up...

As I left for home I felt ashamed of my helplessness and anger towards the corporate medical establishment... I had trouble sleeping that night. In the morning I contacted the hospital and the PRO promised to get back to me with the details of an enquiry. Later in the day, she called back to inform me that, in a Hospital board meeting they had decided henceforth Para-Medical staff would accompany the ambulance anytime for any case A lesson learnt at the price of a life?. AND the two men had hesitated only fearing Medico-legal complications and harassment by the police also because the victim's families sometimes refuse to pay Which is more important Money or a life?

And Apollo Hospitals which has been giving out advertisements even on the FM Radio... It seems the STD code should be pre-fixed before the emergency number when calling from mobile phones. So from Chennai it would be 0441066 for Apollo. Also 112 is the international emergency number for GSM Mobile phones which can be used to contact the local police control room even when your mobile service provider doesn't have a signal in the area But if some other operator has a signal.

Though I realized I couldn't have helped the victim, I've gained a valuable lesson in case of future emergencies....