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I never write about taxes or related stuff. So why now? The reason—the strange problem I encountered while making GST payment.
Being conscientious citizens, my parents didn’t get into the debate about advantages, and disadvantages of GST. Instead they studied how GST would be applicable to them, and started incorporating it into their businesses. This was the root of the problem. Due to their zeal, when govt. announced that GSTR 3b form would be available from 5th and we can start making payments, we were among the first few who rushed in. The problem started when the banks refused to make payment via RTGS. Continue reading GST, Banks, and the problem of being a responsible citizen
The dull walls of Thane have become vibrant, and lively. The new TMC initiative “Paint walls, beautify city” has brought together artists to paint murals depicting nature, history, and culture on the walls of the city. The beautiful murals around the city walls have added a much-needed artistic touch to the bland concrete jungle. Continue reading The changing walls of Thane
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In Maharashtra, Diwali is accompanied with a unique tradition—Diwali forts—small, clay forts which the kids make outside their house in the front yard or in their building compound. These little forts sometimes replicate the original Maratha forts found in the state. At times, the kids design their own fort.
Every place has its own character, but time adds essence to the place. For instance, take day and night, and how it affects Dona Paula.
The day starts with a cheery note, and brings along with it the warmth & radiance of the sun. A curious smell—a stinky odor mixed with the fragrance of exotic flowers and fruits straight from the bottle—soon overlaps the fresh smell of dawn. The street is lined with various colours, shops selling clothes, and trinkets. The mass of humanity is as huge as the expanse of the sea. The patter of footsteps, the clatter of human voices, and the rattling motorboats drown the sound of roaring waves. The crowd bestows a feeling of gaiety, and the lonely soul imbibes the joy trying to blend. Continue reading Day, and night at Dona Paula
Water is a basic necessity, and an important resource for sustaining life. The decline in water quality endangers the health of humans as well as the ecosystem. Clean drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation play an important part in maintaining health.
Contaminated water causes many water-borne infections like diarrhea, and also serves as a carrier for vectors such as mosquitoes spreading epidemics. Continue reading The Importance of Sanitation, and Hygiene
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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Can you guess the location of the picture?
Frankly, it could be any place in India. Filthy road-side habits coupled with piles of garbage littered around has become a trademark of our country. It is sad that India, who invented flush toilets is the same country where most people have no toilets in their house. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Sanitation is more important than political independence.” Then why, even after 68 years of independence is clean India still a dream? The irony is everyone wants to see a clean India, the people, the government…but everyone expects others to do it. So, when our prime minister, Narendra Modi took it upon himself to pick a broom, and start a campaign for swachh Bharat, he was considered a pioneer. It triggered an enthusiasm among the people.
Banega Swachh India
RB and NDTV partnered to launch a five year ambitious programme, Banega Swachh India to address the sanitation and hygiene needs in India. The campaign aims at promoting awareness about sanitation and hygiene, and also team up with NGO’s to build infra-structure and toilets in India. This is an alarming task considering the nature of the campaign, and the current state of the country.
As a part of this campaign, swachh express was flagged off, which aimed to create awareness among the people by interactive videos, distributing flyer, hand-washing sessions, etc. Swachh India is not just about taking a broom and cleaning up your area, but maintaining good sanitation practices like not littering the streets with garbage,avoiding defecating in the open, and also includes personal hygiene like washing hands. In short, it is a campaign to promote a healthy India along with Swachh India.
When Nihal from Indiblogger called to inform me, that I could join the swachh express during their journey in Maharashtra state, I was jubilant. Thus, I got to experience the live working of the campaign, and record how it affected/influenced the people. Continue reading The way to Swachh India