Monthly Archives: May 2015

Happiness … not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.
— Walt Whitman

Forces of nature

dark clouds

I love the dark clouds. Yes, the same one in which people look for a silver lining. You know why? Because, the dark clouds bring us rain. The azure sky with fluffy clouds might look bright, but the dark clouds are the one who sustain life.

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#FollowthegenX – Friends, fun, and a fabulous drive

When I applied for #FollowthegenX drive on Indiblogger, I’d thought nothing could dampen my excitement if I get selected. You see, though I’ve been blogging for about two years, I had never met any bloggers in person before. Here was an opportunity to meet about two dozen bloggers. Plus a road trip with challenges sounded awesome.When I was selected, I literally (not figuratively) jumped up, and down.

And it was just the next day, I was thinking about excuses to ditch the trip. Why? Because I had to get up at 5 O’ clock on a Sunday morning. I have never got up at 5. Not for school, college, or clinic. Not even for my old, tried and tested friends. (They are smart enough never to ask that from me.) After many second, third and fourth thoughts, I decided why not?

So, there I was, in the bus which was supposed to take us to Pune with the other bloggers who looked as sleepy as I felt. After a preliminary round of introductions, there wasn’t any excitement in the journey. Even if there was, being asleep I might’ve missed it.

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Book Review: The Gang of Wonder Kids

Book Review: The Gang of Wonder Kids

Book: The Gang of Wonder Kids

Author: Shetall Ramsinghani

Publisher: Partridge India

Publication Year: 2015

Book Cover: Lovely

Pages: Paperback, 140 pages

Rating: 4/5

The Gang of wonder kids has a very cute cover, appealing and very apt for kids’ adventure stories. It is a collection of moral stories aimed to guide behaviour of adolescents, and children. The author has written to imbibe the kids with a sense of values like being helpful, and brave in daily life.

Shetall wrote the book for a boy named Ujjwal, who requested the author to write a book specially for him. Isn’t it sweet?


Let me start the review with a confession. I’m a sucker for moral stories. As a child, when my parents lectured me about something (read: tried to inculcate values), they had to tell me a story along with it, if they wanted compliance.

The Gang of Wonder Kids follows Ujjwal, Utsav, Naina and their friends’ life. It encompasses all the themes like loving your grandparents to self-improvement, and building confidence. The life of these wonder kids is adventurous.

Everything happens in their lives from routine school days to kidnapping, and finding a magical forest. And at every point, the kids face their life with fortitude. And they learn different values from their adventures. In one of the stories, Naina learns, “don’t seek friends, be a friend.”

The Gang of Wonder kids has mines of general information. For example, when the kids plan a trip to Dholavira, Shetall has described the place vividly, which makes it as interesting as it is informative. Also, it has many puzzles incorporated making it a fun read.

Simple sentences make it an easy read for kids. They are written in the style of chapter moral stories for kids, and the author has done away with quotation marks. This makes for effective storytelling. At times, however, I missed the quotation marks.

Do you know Barbie doll’s full name? Well, Naina does.

The book is a great read for kids of all ages- enjoyable, and informative.

You can buy this book at FlipKart or Amazon.

Cancer treatment in Mumbai

Cancer is still the most dreaded disease. I remember the first time, I witnessed the reaction of a patient’s relatives, when they found out about the possibility of cancer. It is overwhelming for a patient, as also for his relatives, and friends to find out about cancer. Your feelings are a mixture of fear, anxiety, anger, sorrow, and a tinge of hope.

Talk about your feelings. Read about the people who fought cancer, and won. Most of the cancers have a good chance of cure or prolonged survival if detected early. There are many cancer hospitals in Mumbai with state of the art technology, which offer good treatment modalities.

Cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells. Normal cells have a definite life span, and they die at the end of it (by a process called apoptosis). Cancer cells continue to divide without stopping. Cancer can affect any type of body part from skin, and muscles to the vital organs.

Once diagnosed with cancer, you need an oncologist. An oncologist is a medical professional, who specializes in treatment of cancer. Your family doctor might refer you to an oncologist or you can search online for oncologists in Mumbai. Find an oncologist with whom you feel comfortable, and who treats your type of cancer.

There are six types of oncologists:

  • Medical oncologist: He treats cancer with the help of drugs, i.e. chemotherapy or hormonal therapy.

  • Surgical oncologist: Focuses on treating cancer with surgical removal of the tumor. He also performs biopsies.

  • Radiation oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer with radiotherapy.

  • Pediatric Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer in children.

  • Gynecologic Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer in women with gynecological cancers.

  • Hematologist Oncologist: Specializes in treating cancer of blood.

The first three oncologists normally work together to treat a person with cancer. Principle treatment modalities include Radiation therapy, Surgery, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Hormonal therapy. One or more than one treatment modalities may be used for effective cancer treatment.

When you’re looking for cancer institutes in Mumbai, you have to check the Tata Memorial Centre located in Parel, Mumbai. It is a national comprehensive center for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

It admits cancer patients in two categories: as a general patient, who receives subsidized treatment rates, or a private patient. Online patient registration facility is also available. When the patient is admitted, he is enrolled in a disease management group so that he benefits from the expertise of the specialized doctors of the group.

The main aim of cancer diagnosis, and treatment planning is to cure the cancer and totally eradicate the tumor, or control the tumor growth to prolong the life of the patient, and to improve the quality of life of the cancer survivors.

Facing cancer is one of the hardest thing anyone can do in life. But remember Nikolai Lenin’s words, “the most important thing in illness is never to lose heart”.

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. -Mother Teresa.

How often we concentrate on the big picture, yet forget that it is the small things that make the picture? A gentle smile, and a caring heart makes all the difference.  None of the worldly achievements matter.  People might praise you for your success, but love can be attained only by compassion.