Gender, sex and article 377.

When I was a Plastic Surgery resident in the opening year of this century, pediatric plastic surgeons used to operate and turn any child, born with deformed genitals that were neither fully male nor female into: Female. That was easier.   Many advocated operating as soon as possible, so that, the ‘grandmother’ doesn’t assign any […]

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A prick through the jeans.

I was somewhere. Deep inside Indian territory, travelling. We were a few newly minted doctors. Middle class in India means you are among the top five in the country in purchasing power. You basically know that a world exists outside. External to your tightening circle of misery. The deep India that I refer, is part […]

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The “EGO”- Is it so bad? Why kill it?

My friend, Chitra Kinikkara was the complaining sort. She lacked for nothing, yet she had a fixed morose expression on her face. “I think I think too much.”  She told me once. “Come again, I didn’t get that.” I gaped. “You see, I am always thinking. Unnecessarily, I…think..” She explained. “When I get up I […]

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Relax- Parents. We aren’t that important!

Dr. Surendran and wife Meera were friends of my father. They wanted to immigrate to the USA. Everything was ready for them. But they delayed the journey till their only daughter Prabha was five years old. As medical people, they believed that in the first five years the child’s basic attitudes and personality were set. […]

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