Tag Archives: India

The Voting Dilemma

Finally the dates are out. On 24th April, all of us in Mumbai should be taking time off and visiting the polling booths to cast our votes. I have written earlier about our “right to not-vote”, but given the NOTA (none of the above) option, it makes sense, to at the least, visit the polling […]

6.0 cr. The New Value of a Life and the Cost of Poor Communication

The Supreme Court day before yesterday, in a medical negligence case, awarded about Rs. 6 crores to the plaintiff, the highest ever in Indian medico-legal history. Eerily, it was just last week that I wrote about the “shidori” lecture I had given to the new 1st MBBS batch in GS Medical where I spoke about […]

The Parents Are Learning to Say…No!

With nothing but budget-related tamasha all over, here is something that might help divert your mind away from this rubbish. Trust me! The budget as a rule is usually completely irrelevant for you and I. Last week, at a Gujju community dinner, I ran into a colleague’s parents.  While catching up with them, I remembered […]

If You Don’t Like, Don’t See It

My morning routine involves a 15-minute read of the front pages of all the English newspapers; rarely is there any item that positively changes my mental outlook for the day. This Thursday though was different. At least two papers carried a news item that had me chuckling throughout the day, keeping me so amused that […]

One Smile is All it Takes

Queues are stressful. Whether they are airport security lines or the lines at the passport office; they are all uniformly distasteful. Here’s what happened two weeks ago. I have to get a passport renewal done. I reach at 9.45AM to see that a large line has already formed, since people have been queuing up from […]