Thursday, November 26, 2009

Remembering Carnage 26/11/2008

Exactly an year ago, Few youngsters across the border, stepped in to our country, into the city of joy and life "Mumbai" , and opened gunfire at every innocent face in the city.  Many innocent people died, who were just leading a normal life. Tears rolled out in the eyes of every indian, they left our hearts bleeding. Less that we knew , we'l be left just being sympathetic towards people who died and could do nothing when just so many people were killed in the CST  railway station. The unpreparedness on our part, played a big catalyst for the terrorists in these attacks
The lives of the slain officers' family has changed, has changed dramatically. We may sing praises for years together for officers Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar, Hemant Karkare, Major Unnikrishnan, the names are never ending. But whats done about it. To mark the Anniversary of 26/11, we must pledge to have a better security system, better intelligence, better resources, better training to tackle such situations. We need a effective crisis management committee. We must ensure the family of the people affected should not suffer. Of course , nothing can compensate their loss, but atleast we can help them in their grief, and support both mentally and financially. 
Mumbai has become the punching bag for terroists. Attacks keep coming and we are helpless. The candlelight vigils and sms campaigns may seem ineffectual, but lets not underestimate the power of an enlightened citizenry in the media age. But how effective will be this enlightenedness, or will it die down as we get used to lead a normal life as nothing has happened is to see in the future. Together as a nation, we must stand against terorrism and protect ourselves and our country in whichever way we can.

In a small way, i want to donate some money to an NGO which is still working in rehabilitating affected people in attacks. You can also play a part. For every comment, i'l donate Rs. 20  towards the relief fund. Details of the NGO will be updated later. 
Thank you !!

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Have a Hearty Life !!

There has been a growing incidence of heart diseases in India in the last decade. The levels have almost increased exponentially.
Today i had a patient for Coronary artery bypass surgery. He looked like a routine case for surgery. I took a look at his file. It said " 27 yrs / M " . I was really shocked to see his age. He has had an episode of Myocardial Infarction some 6 months back and now had come for a bypass surgery. Above all he was diagnosed of having Diabetes too. A guy with such young age has come with symptoms and problems, which a person used to have only after some 45-50 yrs a decade ago. Everyone had this mindset that heart diseases occur only in elderly. But nowadays, lot of  young population in india are having stress related cardiac problems. The incidence of heart diseases and similar problems, have been alarmingly high these days, with so much stress involved in day to day life. In this over competitive world, its tough to stay ahead of the rest, without taking a toll on ur health and mind.
Its better to take precaution from early age, rather than suffering later. Ive just put some points to take care of your beloved Heart -
Exercise regularly 
If you have a family history of heart disease, you really need to exercise regularly and maintain healthy lifestyle  
Meditation helps a lot , de-stresses you
Avoid eating oily fried food daily
Use refined safflower or sunflower oil for cooking, avoid coconut oil - lot of heart diseases seen in malayali population 
Avoid any addictions like alcohol or smoking, occassional drinking or smoking should'nt hurt :P
Eat more nutritious foods like green leafy vegetables, eggs, avoid more of meat.
Use less salt and sugar in your food

Be happy, don't worry much
Take 1-2 trips in a year. Its really important to get out of you routine schedule and visit some places of solaces and calm. 
Take less stress in life, you got just one life, so live it easy.

More Importantly be positive in life and be cheerful and smiling everyday.

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