Category Archives: Notes

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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Yali’s ponder and the “new” world

The appellation New world says it all about the Americas; that this landmass was

The medieval Icelandic conception of northern regions, based on an interpretive sketch. Illustration by David Trochos for Wikimedia Commons. Based on A.A. Bjornbo “Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga” (ISBN 1560989955) p262.

world that was not known to have existed before the old world. What made Americas new? And for whom was it new? And why were they discovered so late? Continue reading

Remembering Hitchens

 

Hitchens’ spirited debates on religion, particularly the monotheistic religions earned him a lot of (un)friends

Today would have been Christopher Hitchens’ 63rd birthday. He died young. A few more years would have certainly produced more than a fair share of good debates and provocatively enlightening reactions that were characteristic of Hitchens; youtube is full of many such. 

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Pat’s at it again

Pat Robertson’s at it again! In this super-funny post on whyevolutionistrue which linked to a talk show with Pat Robertson, that famous televangelist and now a chancellor of his own university, he answers a question on “Why are there miracles for Africans but not Americans?” hinting at possible links to Ivy League education and teaching of Evolution. Continue reading