New podcast

Did a podcast with Arihant on Ayushman Bharat and govt schemes, why doctors and private hospitals are not lining up for it and what it actually costs to run a hospital in a metro city.

Movie Review: The Kashmir Files

The audience continues sitting in stunned silence for several minutes after the movie has ended. As I slowly start walking out of the theater, I see many in the audience crying. It’s a premiere show, the actors of the film are waiting outside to interact with the audience. I see him standing outside. Shiva Pandit, […]

“Now show me your face!”

The first time I saw her face was when she was being put under general anaesthesia for her surgery. Even when she visited my consultation room with her husband for a neck swelling, she was wearing a top-to-toe burkha with gloves, covering every visible part of the body, following the directions of the holy book […]

Putting #IndiaFirst: India Positive Citizen Perspectives, by Savitha Rao: Book Review

“Building a great Nation, one India Positive action at a time” and “Putting #IndiaFirst”: this is the philosophy behind Savitha Rao’s self-published book – a compilation of short life histories and thoughts of well-known and not-so-well-known inspirational people in India from various walks of life. Each of these esteemed persons brings in their unique perspective […]

Six “COVID control” policies that should be strongly opposed

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, there have been several policies that were used early on, and that make very little sense now that much more information is available about viral transmission. But they continue to be used by various state governments in varying degrees. This article will call out some obvious ones that […]

Airborne Transmission and Household Ventilation: An Informed Discussion Needed

A lot has been said about the need for good ventilation for prevention of COVID. Undoubtedly, good ventilation is vital for preventing build-up of high levels of SARS-COV2 in crowded / public places. Weddings have acted as super-spreader events as hundreds of people were cooped up indoors together for several hours, often in poorly ventilated […]

Second Wave and COVID Vaccination: on the MyIndMakers Podcast with Aadit Kapadia

MyIndMakers kindly hosted me on their podcast for a lively discussion with Aadit Kapadia on the second wave of COVID and aspects of mass vaccination that have not been talked about much. If herd immunity is to be reached, at least 70% of population needs to be vaccinated. This is not possible by excluding the […]