Sabun Slow Hai kya?

Romans gave us soap in 2800 B.C. and we either refuse to use it or still haven’t learnt how to use it. No, these ain’t attention grabbing lines!!! I’m a Clinical Microbiologist who’s just trying to do her job. Do you know 1 in 5 people don’t wash their hands and out of the other four, only one  uses soap. Of the small tribe of soap users,  only about 5% of people wash their hands for 15-seconds or more. And 15-20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water is must if you want the soap to kill bugs.   What do the ‘non washers’ (read most…

Hyperemesis Gravidarum- Its Worse Than It Sounds

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), quite a mouthful of a word. And quite a handful to deal with. If you break down the words, literally it means a lot of (Hyper) vomiting (Emesis) in pregnancy (Gravid). So you’d ask what’s new there. The operative word here is ‘A LOT’ which often gets overlooked.  Most women experience nausea and vomiting which we call ‘morning sickness’ (though it doesn’t necessarily come in the morning). Morning sickness usually fades away as the pregnancy progresses into the second trimester. But there are a few for whom it is not only much more severe right from the…

Boys and Puberty- How to Prevent the Young Guns from Misfiring

Like any other transition, growing up is painful too. It’s not just the obvious physical transition but mental as well. In the wake of feminism, females benefitted or not is still debatable but male issues got sidelined, that is definite. Women are often identified as the weaker sex (wrongly though) which makes it easier for some to empathize or sympathize with them. But what of men especially the ones on the brink of puberty?   Puberty is a phase no one wants to talk about. Girls at least talk and turn to friends and older cousins and get an idea what…

Where are all the good teachers?

It’s Teacher’s Day so I have to put in my one bit. The teacher is at the core of any education system…its heart. We entrust our little ones in their hands to make something out of them. Our huge expectations must bog them down. But they must and they do trudge along. Which makes me come to the conclusion that only the brave teach… Yes you need courage more than anything else to venture into teaching. It is one profession that lays down the foundation for the rest. The responsibility that it entails is huge and the teacher needs to…

Menstruation- Welcome That Monthly Visitor

The start of menstruation (or menarche) is a life changing event in a girl’s life.  It wouldn’t be an understatement to make that how the young girl is guided through this experience will have an impact on the rest of her life. Ask women around you about their own experience of their first period and they associate it with shame, horror, and shock…… anything but never joy or celebration. Menstruation is an important rite of passage for every girl then why is it associated with something to be embarrassed about?  There is evidence that the cave men and women had rituals to celebrate…

Life is not a checklist to be ticked off

Children are born perfect and then we badger them and prod them to suit our ideas and feel accomplished when they fit into our moulds. Pause and question yourself ‘Is life a check list’? We have children and then we have to put them in a school so that they can get themselves a ‘respectable’ career. Once they have it, the next query you face is when are they getting married. Observe that most people who ask this are interested in ‘when’ and not ‘who’ they are getting married to. Marry someone, anyone…. And pop comes the next one, when…