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Lets Dump The Killing Humps

Roads play a significant role in Safety. Regardless of how overpopulated a nation is, people will always be its most valuable resource and ensuring their safety has to be, therefore, a collective responsibility involving each one of us. First, our roads need to be engineered around clear, safety-oriented concepts and then its users must adhere […]

Brain and the elusive concept of consciousness

The brain is a marvel of nature. Nestled inside its protective embrace are among the most precious tissues of the living world that enable special talents and functions, connecting us seamlessly both to internal needs and external demands. The brain integrates a two-dimensional body, a three-dimensional mind and a multi-dimensional universe into an experience called […]

We are independent but are we free?

More than six decades ago India gained independence, meaning freedom from colonial governance. On this day in 2015 as we celebrate our tryst with destiny, it is indeed time to salute a whole generation of leaders from across all divides who led millions of Indians in an unprecedented show of human solidarity against the Raj […]

A P J Kalam: The legend lives on

To us the former President was like family. We met every once in a memorable while, dined together and created some indelible memories. I even sang for him once at the end of a much delayed meeting, at 12 in the night, on his request. So, even as the country bleeds tears on his sudden […]

Time for doctors to play a larger social role

Securing the health of a nation and of its people is inarguably the responsibility of a state, as inarguably as securing its territorial integrity. But ensuring the health of 125 crore people, most of them poor people living in wretched conditions, is a mind boggling task and can be beyond the powers of even the […]

Yoga for health, peace & universal well-being

For every Indian, the celebration of June 21 as International Yoga Day should be a matter of particular pride. I say ‘particular’ because there are few concepts that are so traditionally Indian and yet as ubiquitously global as Yoga…a physical, mental and spiritual practice, evolved by sadhus and rishis over many centuries of penance that […]

Head transplantation: The myth and reality

In Hindu mythology, the almighty Shiva is said to have ‘transplanted’ an elephant’s head on Lord Ganesha, in what is the first recorded instance of a feat that has thus far failed to break out of the realms of science fiction. Unfazed, however, visionary neurosurgeons around the world have spent whole lifetimes in pursuit of […]

Accidental deaths in army: An avoidable national tragedy

In a huge but seldom talked about national tragedy, around 300 Indian soldiers die every year in road accidents during peace time, according to a just published newspaper report. Further, the report says that the force has lost as many as 6500 of its fully trained men in accidents since the 1999 Kargil conflict, twice […]

A blaze of colour under water

My visit to Maldives gave me an opportunity to discover a whole universe of natural creation. In fact witnessing the incredible burst of colours that swirls magically in an infinite, liquid expanse, it is difficult to escape the feeling that the quintessential charms of the living world lie under water, making everything else seem almost […]

Music with cloud seeding

Dr K J Yesudas, well known classical and playback singer, set the right vibrations at the 77th Sri Ramanavami celebrations in Bangalore. The concert began on a warm summer day in a venue crammed with a large gathering of music aficionados. The atmosphere was electric if a little oppressive. However, no sooner did the master […]