Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Thalassemic kid!

Ever heard of Thalassemia? It is a genetic blood disorder in which the bone marrow cannot form sufficient red blood cells. This disease is generally passed from parents to their child with a probability of 0.25. Such a patient needs blood on a regular basis, just to keep him alive! Continue reading

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Not just blood, but also Google search experts!

One fine evening, Few of the volunteers of Sankalp emergency wing received a call. A patient in Gulbarga urgently needed AB- blood. Gulbarga is one of the remotest places in Karnataka with very little blood awareness, and finding a donor there was a tough challenge. The blood banks of Gulbarga and its neighboring districts (Bijapur, Bidar, Raichur) were running dry! The volunteers were left with a very few options- Continue reading

The dengue crisis

Recently I interviewed a volunteer of the Sankalp emergency wing, on the current blood shortage that has hit the state due to dengue. Read on- Continue reading

Politics is the mother of all denial!

Recently, two major industrial projects in Orissa have been stopped by the NFRA committee- Vedanta’s proposal to mine bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills and POSCO’s proposal to set up a giant steel facility in Paradip. Well, it is hot news in the engineering and industrial community. While I welcome the decision whole heartedly, the question remains – Is it just standards that led to this decision by the government? Continue reading

Pakistan- flooded with water, dry on funds

I was horrified to read that Pakistan is submerged! About one-fifth of the country’s territory is lost. By the time the floodwater begins to recede, a quarter of Pakistan would reduce to garbage! Pakistan’s poor and impoverished masses are striving in the flood-hit areas of Punjab and Sindh. The victims will have to start all over from scratch, rebuilding their lives on the remains of nature’s fury. That’s the cost humans pay of nature’s dirty games! Continue reading