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Changing clouds

sky- dark
August Sky

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

George Santayana

September – Sky

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The evening sky

Evening sky

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.

-Leonard Louis Levinson

I used to call myself an optimist. But then, I couldn’t have taken pictures of the clouds standing on them, could I? Blogging is turning me into a philosopher. *shrugs* (captures a picture before shrugging)  😉

Which type of person are you?

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Floating clouds from last week

After the thundering visit of the rains, now we are back to the clear skies. Oh, how I miss the clouds!

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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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Best Places for Diagnostic imaging in Mumbai

Diagnostic imaging is the use of imaging techniques to get a clue about patient’s disease. These imaging techniques help the doctor look inside your body without the need for any invasive procedures.

Diagnostic imaging is very important in confirming the diagnosis, assessing treatment options, and checking the course of the disease. In short, diagnostic imaging ensures that the patient receives accurate evaluation of their ailments, and effective treatment.

Though the rural India is still lagging behind the modern world in terms of progress in medicine, our cosmopolitan Mumbai is certainly up to date in that respect. You have a variety of choices in diagnostic imaging in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many private hospitals as well as public hospitals which have integrated radiological departments providing these options. Also there are many imaging centres not affiliated with any hospitals.

What are the important things to take into account in choosing a diagnostic center? The first thing to consider is proximity of the center to the residence. You wouldn’t want to go all the way from Borivali to Colaba for a CT Scan in Mumbai. The next thing is the reliability of the center, and quality of the images. The quality of images depends on the machine used for diagnosis. A low quality image means compromised diagnosis. Then, the cost of the procedure is also a deciding factor for some patients. Continue reading Best Places for Diagnostic imaging in Mumbai

Plastic Surgery in Mumbai

Mumbai –  the city of dreams – has a very high glamor quotient. And it isn’t only because it is home to Bollywood. Be it the Queen’s necklace of Marine Drive, or the enchanting beaches, Mumbai has its own magic. Is it any wonder that the city is growing to be the cosmetic surgery capital of the country?

Medical tourists visit the country for plastic surgery in Mumbai. One of the reasons for this is the good quality of treatment offered at a lower price than in countries like UK or US. These people are in for a double treat – plastic surgery along with sightseeing. Not just the foreign tourists, but the trend in India is also leaning towards plastic surgeries.

Plastic surgery is a speciality in medicine concerned with reconstruction or repair of body parts, either to treat an injury, or for improving their appearance. Plastic surgery is divided into two branches: cosmetic surgery, which aims at improving looks, and reconstructive surgery aiming to improve function.

Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure which changes or enhances normal physical appearance. Most common cosmetic surgery procedures are liposuction, facelifts, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

Cosmetic surgery has its appeal to people of all age, and gender. It defies both time and genetics. It helps a person to look better, and feel better. Sometimes, a person opting for cosmetic surgery can have underlying psychological problems such as depression.

Earlier, cosmetic surgery was popular only in celebrities. However, cosmetic surgery in Mumbai has shown a steady rise. Now, vanity is high on the list of  the rich as well as the middle class. And why not? There isn’t anything wrong in wanting to look different. When you’re confident of your beauty, your self esteem rises too.

There are also times when cosmetic surgery goes wrong. This can indeed be stressful for a person. However, It can be corrected. You can opt for a correctional surgery in Mumbai.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct aesthetic form, and functional impairment. The defect may be caused by congenital abnormalities like cleft lip and palate, or acquired deformities from burns, accidents or cancer surgery. Though it is done to improve function, it might also aim to restore normal appearance.

Some people might view plastic surgery as a fad, but it is much more than that. It is a boon for people with developmental defects or those, who have suffered from accidents. As for the cosmetic surgery branch, when people aren’t happy with themselves, it impairs their personal, and professional life. I have known people, who never smiled because they had crooked teeth. Plastic surgery changes people’s perception about themselves, and makes them happy.

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The stairway

The stairway

Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life.- Ralph Ransom

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Landmarks of Mumbai

Gateway Of India


The Arabian sea is the reason I like Gateway of India so much. No offense to the architects, it’s as good as any other Gate I guess.

The view from the sea

The view from the sea

Gateway of India

If you ever visit Gateway of India, don’t forget to visit Elephanta caves. Though most of the structures are ruined, they are still fabulous.