All You Need To Know About Nipah Virus

It’s unfortunate that Nipah virus (NiV) is grabbing headlines and our attention. The only thing deadlier than the virus is the misinformation and the rumours that are floating around. I firmly believe that knowledge is the antidote to fear and I’m here to give a low down on the virus that’s causing all the frenzy. To begin from the beginning, Malaysia in September 1998 was the first to report an NiV outbreak followed closely by Singapore in March 1999. In fact, the virus owes its name to a Malaysian village from where it was reported first. Bangladesh has also had…

When Tara Dreamt Of More

Rhea Banerjee wore her best dress and her brightest smile on the day of her medical entrance counseling. She was minutes away from securing a seat in a medical school, something she’d dreamed of for as long as she could remember. And not to forget the hard work of the past two years when she put her life on a back burner to achieve what she wanted. As she scanned the faces looking for the familiar and familiarizing with the others, her gaze stopped for a bit on a simple salwar kameez clad girl who seemed a little unsure and…

Dealing with the Dehydration Demon

Come summer and whatever age group you may belong to, you dream of long vacations, mangoes and Nani’s home (may be not in that order). But in this happy space, there lurking in the corners, is the demon of dehydration. It’s not that we aren’t aware of it but somehow we never know its true face till we are taken over by it. Or rather when we allow it  to take over. It is one of the most preventable condition but is known to cause s lot of damage if not identified and corrected. To make matters worse, its the…

FEMINISTS CAN BE FEMININE TOO

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”-Gloria Steinem Women’s liberation, till the twentieth century, implied standing up for women’s rights. In the 19th and early 20th Century, First Wave Feminism started which centered around middle- or upper-class white women and asked for political equality. Then came the Second Wave Feminism in US in 1960s that attempted to further combat social and cultural inequalities. The early 1990s saw the rise of Third Wave Feminism that still continues to address the financial, social and cultural inequalities. However over these years, feminism…

Failure is a teacher NOT an undertaker

Exams have come and gone. We fretted, panicked and then gathered ourselves to face them. Exam stress gave way to obsessing over the results so much so that even a holiday couldn’t take our mind off them. And now is the moment of truth. Or is it really? How can a random three-hour evaluation be the reflection of an entire academic year? Exams are important, no denying that but crippling ourselves with its results, that is not justified. I wish someone had given me these pointers but let me pass on what I have learnt. Start with watching your breath…

A Pill in the Name of God

The moment people see the tag of Dr. preceding my name, they are reminded of whatever ails them and they seek advice. No harm there. I do my best to answer them but the ones that get to me are the women who are looking for a quick fix to delay their periods. And for what? Something like a puja or a trip to the native place. I try my best to hide my displeasure but such seekers often do not notice since they are focused only on my answer. What dismays is that they sound so casual about it. …

Let’s Walk The Talk This Mother’s Day

With all that noise around Mother’s Day, reaching a crescendo, I had a bizarre thought. I can already imagine mommies up in arms as they read what I have to say. Let me begin with a disclaimer, I owe my existence and whatever I am, to my mother. Happy Mommies Day, Amma! And I am a mother myself so I am taking the liberty to show the mirror to the new age mums (including myself). Having cleared that, let me get to the point. I feel our generation of mothers is quite fortunate to get a lot of attention. That’s…