The Durga Puja is not just a religious ceremony for Bengalis. To them, it is a cultural extravaganza, a carnival, and a riot of happiness that knows no caste, creed, color, religion or political affiliations. So, naturally, this has become an extremely lucrative opportunity to be exploited for economic gains by multiple stakeholders. The norm of the day are opulent arrangements, and thematic celebrations, where … Continue reading Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur
Cochrane is a British non-profit, non-governmental organization formed to organize medical research findings so as to facilitate evidence-based choices about health interventions faced by health professionals, patients, and policy makers. They have recently circulated a press release outlining their new interactive learning courses which seem very interesting to me. Check out the details of the same below: PRESS RELEASE: Cochrane at the forefront of training … Continue reading Cochrane Presents Interactive Learning Courses
There are very limited opportunities for Indian medical students and even residency trainees, to engage in high quality mentorship program focusing on development of research skills. The newly launched DIPS program is one such. I am reproducing the content from the India Alliance website below. You can check their site out here. Rapid developments in biomedicine and information technology are ushering in a new age … Continue reading Research Mentorship for MBBS/MD Students in India: The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Program
A hundred and twenty four years and one day ago, on 11th September, 1893, Swami Vivekananda took to stage at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago and uttered those wonderful words which have since inspired generations of youth. As a student of the Ramakrishna Mission school system, I have remained enchanted by his words and his works, which have played a definite role in … Continue reading Looking Back on Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Address
Oliver Sacks is one of the many contemporary physicians who I have looked up to as a source of motivation and inspiration. Much before I read (or watched) Awakenings, I was accidentally introduced to the body of work by Sacks. While browsing through the volumes neatly stacked on the racks of a quaint bookshop in Safdarjang Enclave, New Delhi, I picked up a strangely titled … Continue reading A Sacksophile Writes: Revisiting the Works of Oliver Sacks
I loved collecting stamps when I was a kid! I had three albums chock-full of stamps. But then, life happened, and somehow, I kind of drifted away, and ended up not visiting the albums forever. But, I guess the nerdy liking of stamps never really went away. So, when I was in Europe last year, and in the flea market of Amsterdam I saw a … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail!
This week’s Nature has run yet another publication condemning the evil of predatory publication. However, there is a twist in the tale as the authors have found that authors from high-income countries also publish in these journals quite often! A group of authors spent a whole year combing through 2000 articles published in 200 potentially predatory journals. Since Jeffrey Beall’s list was taken down, it … Continue reading Condemning Predatory Journals/Publishers: Nature