India is perhaps the only country in the world (of its size) where addressing preventable diseases continues to drain public resources. The Delhi dengue outbreak is a case in point. This is the third or fourth time in a decade (the first being in 2006) that the city has failed to prevent the spread of […]


When I was in school, my good friend Ankur told me something very interesting. He said students in the American School in Delhi had an advisory not to come out in the morning between 8-10 AM and in the evening between 4-6 PM. He remarked that it was because of the pollution on the streets […]


Yesterday, Sri Lanka was officially declared Malaria free by WHO. It is a great achievement for our Island neighbor, being only the second country in the tropics to achieve this distinction. Maldives was declared Malaria free some time ago.


About 18 years ago when P&G launched Whisper with Wings through a TV Ad, there was an awkward moment in our house. My mother was angry, I was embarrassed and my younger brother (around 11 years old) was supremely alert and curious. Now with two daughters of my own and a doctor husband, we don’t […]


India needs a new healthcare model. Now this model has to be based on preventive care and on detecting and treating conditions way before they occur. The challenge in India is 2 fold, on one side we don’t have the infrastructure and the medical capability to treat chronic secondary and tertiary diseases while on the […]


Before you call me a pessimist and an ungrateful woman, let me state that I am proud India has passed this Bill. It is a positive move supporting the value that working women bring to our society. Incidentally, I am also a beneficiary of such a policy that my company implemented for expecting mothers from […]


I’ve had a life long battle with food in a bid to lose weight. I’ve read numerous books, tracked my meals on an App for a year and visited a few nutritionists to figure out portion sizes, calories and supplements. One person (who could have made a great psychologist) even told me that I should […]


While watching the Jurassic Park in 1993, the message I left the theater with was that no matter how scientific we get about controlling nature, it will find a way. In the case of the movie, the dinosaurs found a way to reproduce and proliferate. We are no different.


Its great to be back to regular blogging after a minor health scare. I developed photo sensitivity (sensitivity to light) and spent a very unhappy last couple of weeks, shuttling between doctors clinics, pouring eye drops into my eye and generally keeping away from electronic devices. More on that later, but generally I was feeling […]


Finally the monsoons are here and a big respite from the Indian summer. The good thing about summer is that we do drink a lot of water to beat the heat and remain hydrated but as the rains come in and the heat goes down, so does our thirst for water. On an average we […]