Month: August 2009

Object of Desire

Yamaha’s cruiser division, Star Motorcycles, returns the V Star 1100 Silverado in both Classic and Custom variations for 2009.

The V Star 1100 Silverado is Star Motorcycles leading entry in the mid-sized touring cruiser category and differs from the Custom and Classic versions by virtue of its studded leather seat and saddlebags, passenger backrest and adjustable windscreen.

courtesy – http://www.motorcycle-usa.com

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Jaipur – Kids injected with HIV+ blood…

In the growing economy, future superpower, and the ever developing nation since 1947, four kids in jaipur were given HIV+ blood by a criminal [un-licensed doctor]. A few days back, a racket of different kind where animal blood packets were sold as human blood was un-earthed.
 
Health Ministers should stop focussing on whether celebrities smoke or not, they have personal nutrionists and doctors to worry for them, and focus on this menace that exists and threatens to poison the next generation of our country.
 
The media should increase focus and investigate such matters, and leave the Ambanis and Advanis to their state. The nation has nothing to gain from their personal disputes – or rather the nation is more interested in un-earthing such matters that play with it’s health.
 
Hope the politico see some sense – and pursue this matter and punish the criminals at the earliest.

Regarding the below Blog..

There is still hope for India till friends like Parth and Rupal are around…Parth is also actively involved in thalessemia detection camps – coincidentally I discovered I am a thalessemia minor at one such camp.
 
Salute you both pals!!

Adoption – Miracle Workers – Parth Dalal / Rupal Dalal

Hi Gary,

Our 5 years of courtship ended in our marriage in 1998 a dream that any young couple would dream of especially when it’s a Love Marriage. Towards the mid of 1999 we were very happy to know we were expecting our first child, a feeling full of mixed emotions, there was some amount of skeptism also because we were very young then I was 25 and Rupal was just 23. Our regular checkups with the gynecologist started and everything was well except that Rupal used to keep low hemoglobin since the time she conceived, which is a very normal thing in any pregnancy.

In the 7th month of pregnancy as she was still keeping very low hemoglobin the gynecologist suddenly recommended us to go for a Thalassaemia test. We were completely caught unawares and didn’t know what was in store for us next, as we both heard of this word “Thalassaemia Test” for the first time in our lives. We did the necessary test and got know that Rupal was Thalassaemia Minor, then she told me to go for the same test and unfortunately even I turned out to be a Thalassaemia Minor, completely unaware what was in store for us next, as we both heard about this test for the first time. Later on she informed us the consequences of we both being Thalassaemia Minor and the possibility of us having a Thalassaemia Major Child.

We were in such a helpless and precarious stage that we couldn’t do anything but to wait for Rupal to deliver. In April 2000 we were proud parents of our first child “Teerth”. After the delivery when my dad asked the gynecologist why she didn’t recommend the test at an early stage of pregnancy. She was unconcerned and said that “as this test is very expensive we don’t recommend it to all expecting mothers”. My dad argued and told her that it is the Doctor’s duty and responsibility to recommend a test whether it is expensive or not. To do the test or not is the patients decision. After this we did the necessary tests and got to know that our child was detected as Thalassaemia Major (means he had inherited the Thalassaemia Gene from both of us – This situation could have been avoided, had our gynecologist advised us to go for the Thalassaemia test in time), we were completely shocked and emotionally ruined. However we started inquiring through friends, colleagues, doctors about what should be done to come out of this helpless and hopeless situation. In the mean time as any parent would have done we started to enquire about different kinds of treatments available to cure our child from this disorder but to no avail The only treatment left to us was a Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and the best Bone Marrow Donor for the same would be a sibling and that too we could carry out the necessary operation only at the age of 6 or 7 years. We found out more details on BMT but got to know that the success rate for the same is very low. Soon we met one of our close family friends who is also a leading Pediatrician and discussed the case with him and he told us the pros and cons of Thalassaemia. There were more cons then pros.

He gave us a very practical advise, “not to treat” the child and give him the best of life as long as he was with us. We were completely amazed and distraught with our friend first, and then a Doctor that how could he advise something so unprofessional to us. We, thought about this very seriously which included my family and Rupal’s family and then we came to a very tough and cruel decision and a conclusion that we will follow what our Dr Friend told us to do. In the mean time our Dr Friend also told us that if we are taking this decision than we have to go in for the second child immediately as Rupal could go into a depression being childless. So we planned another child immediately and Rupal conceived again, but this time we took all the precautions and did all her pre natal tests immediately (there is a test available where if both parents are Thalassaemia Minors the test can derive whether the foetus is a Thalassaemia Minor, Major or is a complete normal child if the foetus is found to be Thalassaemia Major you are allowed medically and legally to abort the child and if it is a Thalassaemia Minor or a Normal

Child you can go ahead with the pregnancy), luckily we got to know that our second child was completely a normal child (that means he had not inherited any of the Thalassaemia genes from either of us). But still we were under tremendous stress as we were more concerned on Teerth’s well being. In June 2002 we were blessed with our second son “Shlok”. By then Teerth’s health started deteriorating slowly and within a month’s time from Shlok’s birth the inevitable and unfortunate event occurred in our lives. We lost our elder son Teerth and life came to a complete standstill. But we had to move further as we had another angel to look, at our month old – Shlok. The feeling at this point of time was so bad that we couldn’t give any attention to Shlok as we were not in a condition to accept the bitter facts of life. It was a big jolt for us. We came to terms with life, although very difficult and started believing that Shlok was a reincarnation of Teerth because everything happened in such a way that we believed in it very strongly (it was like as if Teerth was just waiting for the arrival of his younger brother Shlok so that he could leave).

Life slowly and steadily started coming back to normal as we got involved with Shlok and all the memories of Teerth were very vivid (as we could see a lot of similarities between Teerth and Shlok). During this time we read an appeal in one of the newspaper from an NGO “We Care Trust” – where they were collecting funds for an open heart operation for a Thalassaemia Major Girl. We immediately collected the funds and met the concerned person there; she was touched looking at our response and especially when we gave her our background. She then told us about the activities that “We Care Trust” does of creating awareness on Thalassaemia and requested us to join the NGO as members. Since then Rupal, me, my dad, and Rupal’s brother have actively got involved with the NGO and help them in organizing camps. In December 2002 on occasion of our Wedding Anniversary we decided to organize a Blood Donation, awareness/ detection camp in memory of our dear son “Teerth”. The detection camp was a big success personally for us as after doing the test we got to know that a lot of my maternal aunts, uncles and a lot of cousins were found to be Thalassaemia Minors. Since then we have made it our mission that we personally will see to it that all our friends, cousins who get married do this test preferably before marriage or immediately after the marriage. After a few years we both desired to have another child of ours. But mentally and emotionally we had gone through enough of turmoil and trauma, so we were contemplating what to do next we were in a dilemma whether Rupal should go through another pregnancy again for the third time with all the pre natal tests and regular follow ups again with the doctor. She was not mentally prepared for the same so we consulted our families and that’s when our parents suggested that why don’t we go for – Adoption.

We thought about it for a few days and finally we made up our minds to go for adoption as we had enough support from all our near and dear ones in the family. Finally in December 2007 we went and registered ourselves for adoption we went through a series of documentation and interviews but at the end of the day we were relieved when we were told that the procedure was over and we might have to wait for 12 months to get our daughter and a younger sister for Shlok (to make our family complete). We started counting days and were waiting for December of 2008 to arrive with a lot of excitement. Somewhere in February 2008 we got a call from the Institute that they wanted to do a “Home Study”. One official from the Institute came home and discussed a lot of things about adoption and casually discussed the same with all the members of our family consisting of my parents, my younger sister and most importantly my son. One fine day we receive a call from the Institute that there is a baby girl and asked us to come and see the child (Rupal and I had decided amongst ourselves that if the baby is medically fit then she will be – our, despite the Institute offering three options to choose a baby). On the way to the Institute we were praying to almighty for our baby, as we sat in the office after a few minutes a lady brought a small baby in a white frock and we just couldn’t stop ogling at her. We immediately decided that she will be ours and informed the institute accordingly. The next day we took our parents to the institute and showed them our Little Princess. My mother lovingly named her “Prapti” – which means “achievement” which we actually have. In no time we got her home she was given an emotionally charged welcome by everyone in the family. She is a very lovable child and Shlok was happiest of all as he had a baby sister to play with.

Ever since Prapti has arrived our life is riveted around our adorable kids. (In our youth, life has given us plenty of “ups” and “downs” and has given us the strength to cope up with the same. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support (mentally and morally) of our family members and the wisdom of “Teerth” without which we wouldn’t have managed to face life so positively.

Thank You.

Parth Dalal

Will the BJP wake up..?

BJP need not waste it’s time organizing chintan baithaks..they can approach the citizen of this country or appoint a poll survey firm to gather questions from BJP voters.

A few from me…

 

1. We have seen so many flip-flops from Advani, that we do not see him as the future PM of India.

2. Jaitley or Arun Shourie would have been better in place of Rajnath.

3. When you commit faux pas, admit to the same. Such as allowing Narendra Modi to continue or not admonishing Varun Gandhi.

4. It was a plain moronic political move to sack Jaswant Singh, if it was just to satisfy ego, he could have been allowed to continue but demoted. But you made a martyr of him. Also note, voters/people too read books, and they can judge whether it was required to sack him or not.

5. Before you target Manmohan Singh, ensure you have equivalent leaders with the same stature in your party. Target Manmohan, for his slips such as Sharm-el-shaikh, but do not target his integrity. On that the whole country is with him.

6. Work with your grassroots level workers in the state, and avoid political alliances such as one with the shivsena. An Alliance should be based on ideology, principles on not only on the mathematics of seat sharing.

 

Will let others add on to it.

Schools reopen in Pune / Swine flu toll rises in Pune..

I had to send my child to school today after receiving a sms from the school about an scheduled exam. There are a few schools who have decided to shut shop till end of the month. There has been a steady downplay of updates on the flu in media to keep people from panicking. This has also resulted in people doing away with the masks, especially those who should be wearing them due to cold, cough etc. The erratic climate in Pune is also worsening the situation, for the children.

Home Schooling is an option which the government and the education sector should look into, during this troubled times.

CHAMPU

A good forward for the IT guys…smile…

There is a CHAMPU in all of us………….

Pareshaan thi Champu ki wife
Non-happening thi jo uski life
Champu ko na milta tha aaram
Office main karta kaam hi kaam

 

Champu ke boss bhi the bade cool
Promotion ko har baar jate the bhul
Par bhulte nahi the wo deadline
Kaam to karwate the roz till nine

 

Champu bhi banna chata tha best
Isliye to wo nahi karta tha rest
Din raat karta wo boss ki gulami
Onsite ke ummid main deta salami

 

Din guzre aur guzre fir saal
Bura hota gaya Champu ka haal
Champu ko ab kuch yaad na rehta tha
Galti se Biwi ko Behenji kehta tha

 

Aakhir ek din Champu ko samjh aaya
Aur chod di usne Onsite ki moh maya
Boss se bola, "Tum kyon satate ho ?"
"Onsite ke laddu se buddu banate ho"

 

"Promotion do warna chala jaunga"
"Onsite dene par bhi wapis na aunga"
Boss haans ke bola "Nahi koi baat"
"Abhi aur bhi Champus hai mere paas"

 

"Yeh duniya Champuon se bhari hai"
"Sabko bas aage badhne ki padi hai"
"Tum na karoge to kisi aur se karunga"
"Tumhari tarah Ek aur Champu banaunga"

 

There is a CHAMPU in all of us………………………….

So ……………………………………..WAKE UP CHAMPU

Pune shutdown…

Maharashtra Government. has declared a forced holiday for Pune. Schools to be shutdown for a week, theatres and malls for 3-4 days. The fact is that people are still clueless about the situation. Initially it was decided that masks are a good preventive measure, than the pune guardian minister comes on tv and declares that masks are “not that” useful.

The following article by a doctor highlights what we lack in tackling this disease or for that matter any disease….

Why should we be afraid of swine flu?

DR. P. K. SASIDHARAN

Spend on health care first and then on disease care

We are not really afraid of typhoid, tuberculosis, leptospirosis, diabetes, HIV, malaria and a host of other infectious and non infectious diseases which are flourishing in our country. The apathy towards the basic issues in health care is really appalling. Why should we be afraid of swine flu alone? The medical profession is busy and happy treating diseases, confining to its own insulated and comfortable compartments. I happened to read with concern the comments made by s ome that we are not equipped to face the threat of swine flu, as if we are already well equipped to face the threat of all other communicable diseases; they go on to assert that the problems we face are due to lack of dedicated infectious disease departments and dearth of WHO-trained doctors in the medical colleges of Kerala.

A matter of approach

It is true that we need infectious disease units in each medical college, like the ones we already have; but the only problem is that we do not have an adequate number of doctors to spare to improve the services, to do research and surveillance.

The issue can be solved easily by posting a few more doctors for this purpose alone rather than hunting for WHO-trained doctors. Why not the existing system be made to tackle the problem by reorienting and reorganising than compartmentalising? In health care (no disease care), there is only doctor-oriented planning and implementation and no community-oriented planning.

A properly trained MBBS doctor or even an educated person with common sense and some training is more than enough to manage the threat of any public health issue. The general medicine department of any medical college can easily tackle all these if they have a few more doctors and isolation wards. We ignore health care and literally manufacture disease of all colour and shades, and finally we have a museum of all diseases. We have already become the diabetic capital of the world, and now we are trying to overtake Sub Saharan Africa to win the first place in the number of AIDS cases, malnutrition and environment-related infections, which produce more morbidity and mortality than swine flu.

The developed countries are worried since they have controlled all infections by proper waste management, safe drinking water and good nutrition for all and press the panic button the moment they come across any one of them.

They would have shown similar panic if typhoid, viral hepatitis, leptosirosis or TB occur in much lesser numbers than we see in India. Why are we not similarly worried about these diseases which kill several thousands annually? Let us not panic merely to show that we are also developed and evolved.

The basic issues

All communicable diseases are flourishing here because of lack of basic health amenities, malnutrition, poor environmental hygiene, unsafe drinking water, etc. People are now exposed to unchecked consumerist forces promoting lifestyle disorders with an even greater impact on us.

One more world environment day had passed — we behaved like the developed world by planting one or two trees here and there and having a talk on ozone layer and green house effect and that is it. We overlook environmental issues like poor waste management and unsafe drinking water everywhere.

We always ignore basic issues and go for knee-jerk reactions to appear big in front of developed countries. We need to do some homework and introspect and bring well-meaning leaders with a vision for the people on top of every system and make changes to achieve health and prosperity and then start panicking at problems like swine flu. We must try to achieve good environmental hygiene and provide safe drinking water for everyone.

We must prioritise and spend on health care first and then on disease care.

(The writer is Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calicut)

http://www.hindu.com/op/2009/08/09/stories/2009080950071200.htm