Month: August 2012

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Intimate Health Issue or Public Health Debate?

Women’s intimate health, should the issues remain hushed or is it time we spoke out?” Health and wealth, two issues closest to the human heart are popular topics that can be discussed at length anywhere at any time. And it seems the more intimate the problem, the more publicly it is spoken of. Consider this …

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Chinese, Japanese or Salwar Kameez

Our guest from Pakistan wanted to honour Anna Shetty and her husband at the best restaurant in town so we chose Neel for dinner last night. Formerly known as Tote-on-the-Turf, Neel serves exclusive Nawabi khana in a place once known for its fine European dining. Alas ! Indian palates normally equate European cuisine with Pasta smothered in cheese …

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Welcome to Mumbai

Back in the day when Mumbai was Bombay, the photos were B&W, the taxis were black and yellow,the buses were B.E.S.T, the radio was Radio Ceylon and the streets were smooth and uncongested and Santa Cruz Bombay’s only airport was only a half hour ride away, going to the airport was like a picnic. Perhaps …

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Yellow Fever – in Black and White

With a surname like Smit, Jan was as Dutch as you could get. Known for their forthrightness and thriftiness,Jan was typically Dutch and tells this story with great pride. “I was in Nigeria last month. And do you know I forgot to take my International Health Card. So at the Immigration I was given two …

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A mother’s blessings

I don’t know the origin of this email but one of my friends sent it to me last night. I loved the painted feathers though I wonder at the sentiment of a mother’s love. May be birds don’t fly away, but I’ve heard of cats eating up their young and an experiment when a mother monkey stepped …

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Thoughts before a pooja

I woke up before the crack of dawn this morning . We had been meaning to do a Satyanarayan Pooja at the beginning of this year but  as Burns said ,” the best made plans of mice and men often go awry” and it was only  on Monday evening that Hubby dear decided to have the …