Category Archives: Notes

Bird Brains Open Quiz @ Bangalore Bird Day 2019

Bird Brain: The Open Bird Quiz announced on the Bangalore Bird Day 2019 site

Since 2016, Bangalore has had the distinction of hosting the Bangalore Bird Day every year. This year, they introduced a Bird Quiz which was put together by L Shyamal & me. The quiz had an enthusiastic participation with over 50 teams of two who took up the written prelims, followed by a very engaging finals. With Shyamal’s help. we hopefully achieved the important aim of making the quiz as much fun as it was competitive and engaging.

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An anthem for the times: Madara’s Tukde Tukde gang

Nothing like music to communicate the anger and passion which sparks within. As the year winds down and the anger runs high, hip-hop artist Rahul Negi, who raps under the name Madara has released what I think will find a huge following among the political churning ongoing among several young people in the country. The rap communicates what has been said in many ways in the last months to year: that a manipulative, divisive and malicious narrative of pitting people against one another will eventually be exposed for what it is.

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The puddle in the mind

A lotus bloomed over a puddle

Glistening in the morning sun.

A cheer to the shepard

and to the maiden alike,

While the fisherman pondered on.
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Dispatched

What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.

– Patch Adams (in the movie) played by Robin Williams

Robin Williams, a brilliant actor who pulled off comic roles so naturally in Hollywood

Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams

movies committed suicide earlier today. One of his better known movies, Mrs. Doubtfire for example, is  known in our parts for its adaptation by Kamal Hassan in the Tamil movie Avvai Shanmughi or  re-made in Hindi as Chachi 420. Continue reading

Health system regulation in India

 The medical establishment has become a threat to health

– Ivan Illich begins his book “Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis” (1975) with these lines

Going by recent events, Illich’s trenchant criticism of Western medical

Ivan Illich’s classic 1975 book “Limits to Medicine: The Medical Nemesis”. Clink image to download pdf of book

establishments is also pertinent to healthcare in India. First, there was Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate TV episode on corruption in India’s healthcare sector, which provoked anger at the system and discomfort at (what some felt was) his sanctimonious treatment of the issue. Then, the entry, exit, and re-entry of an allegedly corrupt doctor, Ketan Desai, as head of the Medical Council of India

made news.

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