Of Pandemics past- and plagues present.

It was 1347. Europe had cities. Teeming, filthy, crowded places. Horse dung paved the road, and open sewers spread their own brand of fragrance into the cold air. Rats were nothing new. But them coming out of the woodwork of their mysterious hiding places by the dozen, wandering on the open road, swaying helplessly, and […]

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Religion may make you stupid, but happy.

Most of us have had, I would presume, in our youth, elders who would have influenced you with their grasp of history, analytical ability and superior perspective. I met one of them, recently. He is not old enough to be senile. But he had become rather vacuous. He blabbered something about the Covid 19 being […]

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Buttons we should not push.

I used to have nightmares during internship. It was acute during the stint in Surgery. After those unending shifts in the emergency room. I have cried- not just metaphorically, but literally. Great heaving sobs in the tiny bathroom adjoining the casualty in Thrissur Medical College. The wails, the groans of pain. Bodies being brought in […]

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Dancing with bombs- The End.

“Mohammed Khan is dead”- Manu said. Manu was the person who got the first pair of hands that were ever transplanted from a dead human to another in India. Now, he worked as a transplant assistant, helping in the rehabilitation of patients operated by us. He was in contact with Mohammed and his family, who […]

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Love- and the Rodent’s Tale.

“Divorce commoner among the educated and rich!!” Ah. We are getting culturally degraded as we become well off. That is a good excuse to tank the economy and keep us in perpetual poverty. Clarity, anyone? Let us start with love. It happened when I was ten. I don’t even remember who she was. A strange […]

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