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On Father’s Day

Parents are important. Because we take birth because of them. They get married (usually)and decide to become parents. They stop anti-pregnancy drugs-contraceptives, they start loving(!) each other and have physical relationship or sometimes even tolerate the torture of IVF and endresult is the birth of a child - YOU! So, in a time of very late marriages, delayed parenthood and zero-to-one child, to take birth is no accident. Point being, the parents are important and the children should be grateful to them.

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2018 - The Centenary Year of My Highschool D.C.O. Killa Pardi

To my greatest surprise, one fine morning I received a memento with my name inscribed, in the honour of outstanding academic achievements! Turned out that Pardi Education Society's trustees and event organisers (including the Vice President Hemant J. Desai) had sent this memento as part of the centenary celebrations of my high school D.C.O. (1918-2018). This award depicting the story of grand 100-year celebrations inspired me to write about my story with nostalgic emotions and the then D.C.O. High School. Killa Pardi.

It gives me great pleasure to witness the 100-year celebration of my school where I was a student (1963 to 1967), 50 years ago! So, all I wish to tell you here is a story of my experiences as a student in an era of student-teacher relationship 50 years back.


Diabetes Awareness Session (Free Entry)

Did you know, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in adults?
Inviting residents in and around Bilimora town, to an awareness session on diabetes.

Event details:
Know and understand diabetesDiet for those having diabetesExercises recommendedSpeaker: Dr. Pradeepbhai Patel & Diabetes Team (Spandan Hospital, Chikhali)

Entry fees: FREE

Complications - When Doctor Commits Mistakes

When a new doctor is learning for the first time or when a senior doctor is learning or not learning a new technique, who suffers? Naturally, a patient. When we visit a doctor with physical problem as a patient, we expect perfection. But it is not easy to get. So, we have to understand how the doctors do mistake.


We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, all enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information and fallible individuals. It is not only science, but also habit, intuition and plain guessing. This article is about dealing with mistakes made by doctors and their remedy.

Who Is At Fault: India, Pakistan, Or Both?

India-Pakistan relation’s issue is a very complex subject and to summarise it in a 180 page book needs great skill. This interesting book ‘India Vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?’ written by Husain Haqqani caught all my attention. I also got an opportunity to present its review to my fellow members of the Senior Citizenship Club. Following their enthusiastic response to my talk, I now have this great urge to share the review with my blog readers as well.

I shall try by introducing the author, telling about different wars, what leaders of India, Pakistan and other nations tell and finally the conclusion.

The Author: Hussain Haqqani

Hussain Haqqani is a Pakistani, who is a former Pakistani Ambassador to the US. Not only that, he was also an advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers including Late Benazir Bhutto. Author is currently the Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. The authenticity of his writing increases because he is an academi…

Dawood Ibrahim - A Journey From Dongri To Karachi, Via Dubai

One of the recent off-bit topics I’ve read, this one book around ‘Mumbai Mafia’ has been the most interesting, well-researched and well-written. Here is an excerpt of Dawood Imrahim’s journey from “Dongri to Dubai”, and the six decades of Mumbai mafia.


The Book

The author collected information from the book “the gangsters in the city” written by Mumbai police commissioner Mahesh Narain Singh and “Underworld king Dawood Ibrahim” and Gang War written by Sharafat Khan in Urdu, Mumbai. Police dossiers gave much knowledge the book “Mumbai Police” by Deepak Rao gave many valuable information. The articles in Tabloid current and the Illustrated weekly of India helped him a lot. The most important of all was meetings with police, Arun Gawli, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, Ashwin Naik, Chhota Shakeel and not to forget at all, his telephonic interview by Dawood Ibrahim on Sep.1997.

Kanheri Caves Mumbai

Many of us pass years before final decision to visit this nature's feast adored by human ( 2400 years ago) Kanheri Caves just near Borivali, Mumbai. It took me 50 years to reach this point, since my first visit to this city in 1965.

Mumbai and caves!

Mumbai was built on seven islands. As old sediments around coastal areas of Kandivali shows us, Mumbai was inhabitable since the stone age. It was mainly occupied by Koli fishing community.

Caves in around Mumbai are:
Elephanta Caves (built in 6th – 7th century AD)Jogeshwari CavesMahakali Caves, Andheri (230 feet high, 19 caves built during 1st – 2nd century AD)Mandapeshwar CavesKondivate Caves andKanheri Caves, Borivali So, we need to know Mumbai possesses caves at six places.


Kanheri Caves, Mumbai

My wife Bhavana, my daughter Vaishali and I visited this monument 6 km inside National park, Borivali on the NH Mumbai for our surprise, because we did not know anything about this place! It was a great surprise indeed, there were 109 caves …

Problems Of Old Age

I recently conducted a social study of the status and condition of old-aged people and the old-age homes in Gujarat. This is a combination of the outcome of the study and the book review of a Gujarati book “Vrudhdhata Ni Samasya” by Dr. Hiteshkumar N. Patel.


To begin with, the crux of the book:

1. Old-age persons themselves should:
Do as much household work as possibleDo outside work as far as possibleTry to adjust at maximumUnderstand problems of the offsprings Expect least from the childrenDo creative and useful social servicesEarn, if possible2. Society should: Start mobile banks, mobile dispensaries, mobile libraries, mobile shops, etc. for the old-age peopleStudy the problems and needs of the elderly and help accordinglyAdopt individual old person or old-age homePension scheme for the old-agedOffer concessions in Railways, Bus transport, hospital and foodAt village and town level, prepare places where they can visit to see TV, listen to radio, read newspaper and books, have…

How To Manage Your Thoughts?

Our mind is nothing but a flow of thoughts, just like a river with flowing water. One’s personality is shaped by one’s thoughts. If our thoughts are good, we feel happy and radiate confidence and charm around us. Paying attention to managing one’s thoughts is a must. But, how to do that?



1. Keep Calm and Keep It Calm

Cultivate calm and quiet mind by reducing the number of thoughts. Be decisive, disciplined and do not give in to whims of fancies. For this, you should keep yourself busy at all times. Stay busy with constructive, righteous thoughts. Desires, anger, greed, dilemma, jealousy and vanity are our enemies to be conquered. Remember, (1) Repeated exposure to noble thoughts and ideas, (2) Company: the powerful effect of bad company is capable of snatching away all your good qualities.

Satsanga
No attachment Freedom from delusion Freedom from desires Perception of truth Liberation stateThrough satisfaction (holy company) is attained the non-attachment, which leads to freedom from…

Mind Management – A Book Review

While alive, we feel life to be full of problems and troubles. We remain stressed around even trivial issues. We keep searching for the problem solving methods. Here is one answer.



The Mind Management

Mind is the key organ creating, solving, understanding, and leading to multiple perceptions. The answer to questions on purpose of life and way of life is here.
Control your mind.Do not let others take control of your mind. Others should not have/possess remote control of your mind.You can relax, enjoy and be fearless only following the own mind control by oneself.You might have developed a notion of enjoying and feeling happy in grief and sorrow, but that is wrong.Reverse Engineering Technique: Sit on the floor if possible in Ardhya Padmasana. Take deep breathing for ten minutes. Then start chanting “Om” and ask yourself to think freely. Do not try to stop thinking whatever one wants. Sit with back straight. Close your eyes. Put your hands on legs. Just observe your body and respiration.…

Is Anger Your Fast Friend?

Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

– Gautama Buddha
We all know ‘Anger’ does not do any good to anybody. Almost all of us have dealt with it very closely, either as the recipient, the 'perpetrator' or often both. Then why do we fail staying away from getting angry every off and on? Let’s take a deep dive into what anger is all about and if there is anything we can do to stay away from getting angry at all.


Anger is an emotional reaction and expression to immediately stop the threatening behaviour or another outside force. It is inherent, inborn, habitual and integral part of psyche and personality.

Anger has functional value for survival. Extreme and environmental factors causing anger at home and office / work place are difficult to change. Males have hormone testosterone leading to aggressiveness, possessiveness, sense of ownership, autocracy and dominance. Females have hormone oestrogen giving temperament of tolerance, let-go attitude, for…

Financial Planning For Youth

When you are young and earning reasonably more, spending becomes an inescapable habit. There is no brake that can stop your consumerism from growing bigger when you have a credit card! Well, ‘financial discipline’ is the first condition for happy living and enjoying a tension-free, stress-free life. I thought, I must show the ideal way with a few handy tips.


Salary Split: Prepare a list of fixed monthly income and expenses. Keep that amount aside – reserved. On getting salary, one must spare money for the compulsory instalments cycles like SIP (Systemic Investment Plan), PPF, etc. and also for the other recurring expenses like utility bill payments, domestic help salary, etc. Most importantly, put aside certain percentage of your salary for the ‘unplanned’ expenses.Instalments: Avoid buying optional home needs like air-conditioner, television, washing machine, microwave, fridge, etc. on instalments. Try to save first and buy one by one. You will be more pleased and stress-free.Vacatio…

Life Without Money (24 Hours x 29 Days x 60 Months)

I know the title create some ambiguity around its meaning. Here’s the story: the author was a medical student studying at Surat during 1969-1974. Being an offspring of a middle class family, all his parents could send him every month was Rs. 100 (One hundred). No doubt, this was more than 25% of his father’s salary and the rest 75% was to be spent by remaining nine members of the family. So, I used to receive Rs. 100 by MT (money transfer) at Bank of Baroda, Vanita Vishram (Surat) branch. Now this amount was exhausted in total on day one itself – so the remaining 29 days of the month had to be spent without any money – ‘zero balance’ stage, for all five years of the under graduation. This makes the story title "Life without money - 24 hours x 29 days x 60 months"!


The money I received would be spent on day one itself, paying the mess-bill, buying soaps, toothpaste, and monthly milk and canteen bills. If Rs. 5-10 remained by any chance, it had to be blown off the same day, t…

My Awakening Of The Great Indian Tribal Hospitality

An  Aadivasi girl Sangita at Naahari Hotel, Pangarbari (near Wilson Hills, Gujarat) teaches us the Indian culture and way of welcoming guests!

On 15-Jun-2016, my friend Sanjay Mahant and I visited a scenic hill-station in South Gujarat – Wilson Hills (near Dharampur). We wandered during the noon enjoying the view of the hill-station and chitchatting. We just did not think of the time while experiencing the pleasing wind and the nature.


At 3.30 pm, we realised we needed to have lunch and located Naahari Hotel just nearby. We wanted to order for lunch, but it was too late that no hotel (restaurant) in that interior was expected to serve any food. So was the case here.

We met Sangita-ben (the staff, and the owner herself) there. We told her that we were fine with whatever was available to serve us. She replied, she could only give some Rice-Daal. We agreed. She said she would serve us after preparing it properly and server it hot, in some time. Meanwhile, she cut two mangoes in pieces an…

Rare Story Of A Charity School For Tribal Girls

This is a rare story of how a person from Valsad (Gujarat) turned into someone serving Aadivasi (tribal) girls far away from his home in the interiors of the Dharampur forests.

Naresh Ramanandi, my friend Sanjay Mahant’s brother-in-law, is a dedicated follower of Shri Rang Avadhoot Bapji of Nareshwar. Bapji once told, I shall take rebirth as an Aadivasi. So in search of Shri Avadhoot Bapji, Nareshji opted to reach this area and thought of some service activity.


Being a Kathaakar of Ramayana (storyteller of holy books), he heard Rama telling ‘I shall be with Aadivasis, Bheels and such deprived people for 12 years during ‘Vanvaasa’ offered by mother Kaikeyi and only then become the King of Ayodhya. This inspired Nareshji to go for this. (Naresh Ramanandi has more than 108 kathaa events to his name.)

Because he was staying at Valsad and was an active member of Rang Avadhoot Parivar, he took support of this group. On 5-Jan-2004, he started this venture "Maa Rukumamba Vandevi Kanya Ch…

Fortuitous Visit To Wilson Hills

It was a Thursday, otherwise a working day at my hospital, but I chose to declare it a holiday because my friend Sanjay Mahant and I asked each other to go for an event at Kanya Chhatralaya, Vagavad (near Dharampur, Gujarat). In turn, surprise visit to this hill-station materialised on 15-June-2016.

One of the less visited hill-stations and waiting to be developed for tourist needs, this is one of the best hilly places I have ever seen. If you want to share nature in a less crowded, say lonely place, Wilson Hills is for you. This 2500 feet high place is 25 km away from Dharampur and 130 km from Surat. We can easily reach here by very good roads in the scenic Western Ghats.

What nobody knows about this hill-station is, this is the only place 2500 feet high showing glimpse of the sea!



We passed 12:00 to 3:30 pm there, enjoying the nature as it is with the wind and nearly a very few people around to disturb the pleasure. Marble Chhatri (an umbrella like sitting arrangement) with an ince…