Saturday, December 29, 2012

Affordable and Comfortable Health Care

Dad sometimes get some health issues and I take him to the nearby Urologist. After thorough checkup, doctor dismisses all our fears and recommends some tablets to improve health. My dad returns home with a sense of relief and hope of recovery.

Today, I took my wife to the diagnostic centre for scanning and check up as she is carrying our second baby. Many parents were also waiting patiently for the doctor.  The doctor turned up little late and gave good attention to all her visitors. My wife returns home very satisfied and confident.

There is another family doctor who makes us very comfortable.

I wish such a health care, affordable and comfortable health care be available to the poor and less privileged too. The poor, not able to cope up with modernization, has gone into a  hybrid lifestyle.  There is little money the poor can save.  There is very less knowledge on their health. I knew somebody who survives on beedi and tea alone!  Fever and cold are very trivial these days that people get into self-medication.  But if a poor gets a heart ache, kidney failure, or any other vital functioning failure?  Can a to-be-mom will get all the support and motivation from a doctor that our household women folks get?  Can a clerk afford a psychologist for his mental stress?

We often read the plight of Govt. Hospitals in the media and we have seen.  The rich and popular do not go there - they visit Apollo's and Ramachandra's.

We need a system where both health care is made affordable (damn cheaper) and comfortable (positive psychology).

I write this because a sense of guilt hits me when I see someone could not afford a treatment and struggle in pain.  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Find myself singing - Jotheyale

When I came to Bangalore 15 years back, I heard this song and really felt mesmerized. Though I am aware of the tamil version of it "விழியிலே", I would say the Kannada version is very addictive. Listen to this song once a day, you will find yourself singing it all through the day.  Posting the original video.  Also, listen to SPB's ever youth voice - he was singing in Asianet and cannot ask for more.

Find myself singing - Endha Poovilum

Find myself singing this song - எந்த பூவிலும் வாசம் உண்டு.
This song always bring good feeling to me and take me to my school days - "ஆல் இந்திய ரேடியோ - கோயம்புத்தூர் வானொலி நிலையம்"
This generation of tamil music lovers should miss the Illayaraja - Janaki music creations.
The opening music of this song is often credited to Antonio Ruiz Pipo's Danza music. 

Find myself singing - Ponnoviyam

I find myself singing this song - Ponnoviyam.  Tamil music lovers - you cannot ignore this music.
Especially when Janaki sings - "கொஞ்சும் கிளி நான் உண்டு, நான் உண்டு!"

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Private Vehicle Dumping School Children

Here is a private vehicle spotted on Bannerghatta Road (near the area where tiles and marbles are sold). Its not really justified to dump the school children like flocks of sheep in the van.  The van was also not in good condition.
Vehicle No. KA 04 M 8852.

Find myself singing - Ninaivo Oru Paravai

Was listening to this song "நினைவோ ஒரு பறவை" - while driving. All of a sudden, noticed there is something magical in the lyrics especially using "தேன்".
Illayaraja music, sung by Kamal & Janaki, and lyrics by Vaali.

Here is what I liked -
Stanza #1

கமல் - ரோஜாக்களில் பன்னீர் துளி ; வழிகின்றதே அது என்ன தேன் ?
ஸ்ரீதேவி - அதுவல்லவோ பருகாத தேன் ; அதை இன்னும் நீ பருகாததேன் ?
கமல் - அதற்காக தான் அலை பாய்கிறேன்
ஸ்ரீதேவி - வன் தேன்; தர வந்தேன் 

Stanza #2

ஸ்ரீதேவி - பனிக்காலத்தில் நான் வாடினால், உன் பார்வை தான் என் போர்வையோ
கமல் - அணைக்காமல் நான் குளிர் காய்கிறேன் ; அதற்காக தான் மடி சாய்கிறேன்.
ஸ்ரீதேவி - மடி என்ன உன் மணி ஊஞ்சலோ ?
கமல் - நீ தான்; இனி நான் தான்.

பின் குறிப்பு - இதே கணேசன் தான் செய்யுள் மனப்பாடம்  செய்யவும், அருஞ்சொற்  பொருள் விளக்கம் தரவும் தாளம் போட்டான். என்னே ஒரு மாற்றம்!