I had never thought I’d be using my hospital mask at home…

When the little son of a close friend landed into status asthmaticus (a severe condition in which asthma attacks follow one another without pause) and the mother of another friend developed pneumonia, their hospital admission and the grief that followed was something that brought me face to face with the pollution scare and the havoc it could cause on us. It filled me with despair as to what sort of a place are we leaving for our kids. Surely not the one we inherited. The two people I mentioned above were the more vulnerable ones who came down heavily than…

An expert’s guide for personal hygiene in the bathroom

When we bought our house, before we could call it home, we needed to make some changes. Our budget didn’t allow much but the bathrooms were our priority. They were desperately crying out for a makeover. We had expected it to be an easy breezy task but we couldn’t be farther off the mark. The array of sanitary ware and bathroom fixtures is mind-boggling out there. We were spoilt for choice but still unsure as to what we wanted. Gleaning through them, we compared the features and finally zeroed in on what matched our requirements. Our painstaking research made us…

Physical and Mental Effects of Poor Air

As the smog has descended on Delhiites (and a major chunk of North India too), discussing weather has acquired new dimensions now. Suddenly the words like Air Quality Index (AQI) and Particulate Matter (PM) sound oh-so-familiar. Its distressing to see all the environmentalists’ nightmares coming true. While the authorities play the blame game, we still have our life’s businesses to take care of. We have to go to work and the forced school holiday isn’t going to last forever. Air pollution is not going to spare anyone and children and elderly are particularly vulnerable. The children especially, because their immunity…