Matka Medicine – my new newsletter


I have started a new newsletter called Matka Medicine ( The aim is to empowering ourselves to take control of our own health.

The Scope and Index

In the last month, these are the new Matka Medicine topics that I have posted.

What We Do

What and How We Are

The Matka of Better Life Expectancy

Why We Live Longer and Better

More on the Nocebo Effect….And With a Sex Bias

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A Dislocated Jaw in Mid-Air

A couple of month ago, I was on my way back from Bhubaneshwar with a couple of other doctor friends. I was trying to catch up on some shows on my iPAD and had my noise-canceling QC-20 earphones on, when one of my colleagues nudged me. I looked at him and he signalled me to […]

Why I Did not Return All Those Valentine’s Day Greetings!!!

Wikipedia says that Valentine’s Day was first introduced in India around 1992 due to channels like MTV. Perhaps! My wife and I, fossils that we now seem to be, started celebrating this day around 1986. It used to be a special day for us when we would reiterate our love for each other and exchange […]

The Shared Blanket Issue – A Review of Dil Dhadakne Do

There is a scene in the film Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD), when Ms. Shefali Shah and Mr. Anil Kapoor are in bed on board a cruise ship. Their relationship is one of contempt for each other, and if they were living in the US, they would have been divorced ages ago. They are both under […]

It’s Not Just Maggi!

A few years ago, before I was bumped off by her, my lunch used to come from Ms. Vijaya Venkat’s health service. She would make it a point to keep telling us about the five white poisons; sugar, salt, maida, oil and milk and her vegetarian food used to be extraordinarily good despite the minimal […]

The “Chubbies” of Club Mahindra

We are not Club Mahindra members, but this year when we thought of a short holiday in Munnar, this was the only property everyone said we must visit. It is also among the few Club Mahindra properties that has hotel rooms given out to non-members and we managed to get a booking. The property is […]

Review: The Sidhus of Upper Juhu

This is the first of a series of short reviews of movies, plays and shows that I have seen and books I have read over the last one month or so. Let’s start with a play I saw 3 weeks ago. A few school friends decided on a sudden whim to book tickets for The […]

Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This follows the run-up to the movie in the previous post. There was once a Hindi multi-starrer called Jaani Dushman (1979) that had more stars than a bowl of breakfast cereal and the only way to deal with all of them was to keep bumping them off. Age of Ultron does not kill off its […]

Daredevil, Avengers: Age of Ultron – Run-Up

This piece has partly appeared in the Mumbai Mirror. It was meant to be a review of Daredevil, along with a run-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron and then a review of Age of Ultron. Daredevil Netflix and Marvel last week put out 13 episodes of the re-imagined Daredevil, all at one go, which I managed […]

Dying in Mumbai – Those Left Behind

After all the formalities are over and the relatives have left and the solitude sets in…that’s when the void hits. It is perhaps worst for the spouse, who bereft as it is, is also suddenly left alone, especially if old, given the nuclear structure of our families. Statistics say that a living spouse quite often […]