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Ouch! My Knee! - INDIAN EXPRESS, Sep 2nd 2003
   Man is a privileged animal with the gift of superior intellect, smile, language, a two-legged stance and gait. With these blessings, comes the curse of low-back pain and war and tear of the joints. Age catches up the weight-bearing joints like the spine, hips, knees and the ankles faster than you can imagine, throwing normal activities out of gear, say Dr John Ebnezar, in his Osteoarthritis of the knee joint: The painful knee. Here are some excerpts from the book. All about the Pain that spoils your day. About joints in a nutshell:
  • Gaps between two bones are called joints. They enable the bones to move freely, yet holding each other.
  • There are 65 joints in our body, some big and some small.
  • Muscles bring about the movements and the ligaments provide the all-important stability.
  • Our joints function from womb to tomb.
   Joints have outer tough covering called the capsules and inner soft lining called the synovium. This Synovium secretes joint fluid called the synovial fluid. It is this fluid which lubricates the joints and also helps in diffusion of nutrients to the cartilage.
   Cartilage is the tough elastic covering for the bone ends within the joints, In a person with osteoarthritis, these cartilages lose water due to ageing and become brittle and ultimately break down.

Know everything about Knee Joints (structure)
  • It is a joint between the thigh and leg bones.
  • In front of the knee joint is the kneecap calls the tatella.
  • It is the counterpart of the elbow joint in the upper limb.
  • It is the second biggest joint in the body next only to the hip joint.
  • It is a hinge joint, with movement only in one direction like bending (called the extension) of the knee.
  • It is less mobile when compared to a shoulder or hip joint but is more stable.
  • It stability depends on the two ligaments in the inside (called the cruciates), two ligaments on the outside (called the collateral), capsule, cartilage and strength of the knee muscles.
  • It is a weight bearing joint, that bears the brunt of the body weight from the day a child starts walking to the day the breathes his last.
   Inside, there are two elastic structures called the meniscus which act as shock absorbers. It is covered internally by a smooth lining called the synovium, which secretes a fluid called the synovial fluid. This fluid keeps the joint lubricated during movements and is also responsible for supplying the food nutrients to the cartilage.
   In between the two bones, there a though elastic structure called is a tough elastic structure called the cartilage. This absorbs the shock of weight bearing. In osteoarthritis, it is this cartilage which wears down first and only later the bone ends are involved.

What does ageing do to your knee joints?
  • The water in the cartilages (which are important shock absorbers within your knee) dries up making it brittle.
  • Micro fractures within the cartilage eventually break it up.
  • Calcium depletion due to ageing softens the ends of the thigh bones and the leg making it vulnerable to the effects of external forces.
  • Ligaments, capsule and muscles lose their elasticity as the age advances and thus their protective action on the knee become increasingly less.
  • Due to depleting strength of the musculoskeletal system of the body, elders are more prone to fall and sustain injuries of the knee that may hasten the degenerative process.
Risk factors that hasten the wear and tear of your knees.
  • Standing for a very long time.
  • Sitting awkwardly
  • Practicing cross-legged squat on the ground especially by the Indians
  • Walking on rough and uneven surfaces
  • Wearing improper and ill-fitting footwear
  • Using Indian style toilets, which require that you sit in extreme flexion position.
  • Excess body weight
  • Lack of proper knee exercises that can strengthen the knee muscles and ligaments thereby strengthening bones & joints.
  • Ignoring certain knee problems like minor sprain, diseases like tuberculosis, hemophilia, etc.
  • Stressful professions that require prolonged standing like police, nurse, doctor, teacher.
  • Manual laborers who are involved in lifting heavy weights.
  • Smoking, alcoholism and other habits.
  • Elderly age groups
  • Some pre-existing diseases of the knee joints like rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, etc.
  • Old fractures and injuries to the knee joints.
  • Sitting on the floor while taking food and during various festival activities puts enormous stress on the joints due to the extreme bent position of knees.
Varieties of Osteoarthritis:
  >> Silent variety: Patients show no symptoms of the disease.
  >> Symptomatic variety: In this the patients show the typical symptoms pertaining to osteoarthritis.
  >> Primary Variety: Here, there is no apparent cause for osteoarthritis, it is age related.
  >> Secondary variety: In this type, there is some obvious cause in the knee joints which leads to faster wear and tear of the cartilages resulting in osteoarthritis.

Symptoms of primary osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain in the knee.
  • Early morning stiffness lasting not more than thirty minutes, which gradually wears as the day progresses.
  • Limping
  • Abnormal grating sounds in the joints.
  • Mild to moderate swelling due to effusions in the knee.
  • In advanced stage, patient develops inward bowing deformities of the knee.

Prevent Knee Pain By Self-Care - INDIAN EXPRESS, Sep 16th 2003
Preventing Knee Pain: How you can help yourself before the doctor helps you in cornering the disease.
   It is possible for you to prevent this disease, but to do so; you have to observe the following guidelines very scrupulously without fail through out your life.
  • Adopt proper postural habits.
  • Keep a check on your weight.
  • Replace Indian style toilets with the less stressful western toilets.
  • Avoid squatting on the ground and sitting cross-legged on the ground.
  • Use proper foot wear and avoid high heeled slippers.
  • Avoid standing for long durations.
  • Elderly should use a cane while walking.
   The common function like a third limb and takes one third of your body weight, thereby reducing the load on your knee joints.

A quick review of the role of exercises in OA knee: An important method of non-operative treatment. The twin aims of the exercises are:
  • To improve the range of movements of the knee.
  • To strengthen the muscles in and around the knee joints.
   Most of the OA knee exercise are aimed a strengthening the quadriceps muscle. This muscle is responsible for strengthening your knee and it is called the powerhouse of the knee joint. A strong quadriceps provides protection and stability to the beleaguered knees in OA. Exercises should be done a regular basis to be effective. Exercises have to be done for the rest of the life.
    Combine knee exercises with other forms of exercises like walking, yoga, jogging etc. The beneficial effects will be doubled. Keep a watch on the food you eat. What you eat determines how your health will be, especially during the old age. If you can control the urge to eat and practice the principle of troll the urge to eat and practice the principle of eating only for the sake of living and not vice versa, the chances of you controlling this disease is high.

Avoid: Deep fried foods; too much of non-vegetarian dishes especially red meat, eggs etc; sweets and other confectioneries and alcohol.

Prefer to take: Fresh fruits and vegetables; calcium rich foods like ragi, milk, etc and drink plenty of water.

Remedy for Knee pain sans surgery - THE HINDU, Mar 6th 2006

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All about Backache - INDIAN EXPRESS, Aug 19th, 2003
   Backache is a world wide problem. Of late, there has been high incidence of the problem in many sections of population, urban in particular. It is no a region-specific disorder and now appears as a modern international epidemic as 8 out of 10 are affected with backache at some stage of life. Next only to common cold and headache, it is the second most common reason for people all over the world to seek a doctor.
   The adverse effects of backache are many. Important ones can be mentioned as following.
  • It becomes chronic in 7 to 10 % of the population.
  • It leads to decrease in work place productivity.
  • It is one of the most frequent causes of sickness absenteeism.
  • Cost of the treatment of back pain and loss of productivity in work in very high.
  • Back pain recurs in 7 out of 10 cases.
  • More often, there is no treatment except for rest and painkillers.
  • The origin of backache is difficult to diagnose.
  • Most back pain goes away with minimum treatment.
  • 7 out of 10 cases get better by 2 weeks by themselves.
  • After 6 weeks, symptoms in 90 % of cases will subside.
   Some cases of back pain are serious and cause nerve damage.

What is the best way to deal with back pain?

   Backache is a growing menace, and it can be best tackled by acquiring sound knowledge about the various aspects of your back, an effective strategy should follow the protocol as mentioned below.
  • Try to understand everything about your back.
  • Know the structure of your back and how it works.
  • Try to know what causes your back to ache.
  • Know about posture and the value of acquiring good postural habits.
  • Know the importance of exercise in keeping your back fit.
  • Acquaint yourself with information about the various investigations your doctor advises you for backaches.
  • Try to know various treatment methods.
  • You should know when to see a doctor because all backaches do not require the services of a doctor.
  • Try to know the ways and means to prevent recurrence of backache.
The basics of Back: Let us begin with first things first by trying to know how our back is designed. Spine’s curve has many advantages in maintaining right body posture and thus plays s a key role in backache. Take a quick look at the advantages of yours-curve Apart from making the neck look taller, it helps the spine to carry more body weight.

   Generation of incredible lifting force, imparting mobility to the body, facilitating weight transmission to the legs is some of the important functions of the S-curve. Backache is warning signal to a brewing problem in S-curve.

Weighty facts about Weight Transmission: Weight transmission has profound impact on the health of back. One should note the following aspects:
  • Weight transmission is a specialized function.
  • Weight transmission is smooth when the S-curve is well-maintained.
  • It is the combined effort of the back muscles, the ligaments. The bones, the discs and lower limbs.
   In the event of even one structure failing to perform its role in weight transmission, additional burden in imposed on the remaining structures, as the weight has to be still carried! This imposes greater stress on the other structures leading to their breakdown.

Keep Backache at Bay
   This article is written for Bangalore Society of Obstetrics & Gynaecology's Information for Patients section. To read this artilce, click this link www.bsog.in

Article published in INDIAN EXPRESS, Dec 2nd 2003
Backache is the most common problem faced by many.

Backache: Troubled spots in Body: Definitely, every one of us have experienced pain in the areas mentioned below more than once in our lives.

The Neck: Neck pain is due to holding it for too long in any of the abnormal positions like forward and ached backwards. Neck titled or turned to one side or turned to one side. These improper postures along with the sustained burden of carrying 11-13lbs if the weight of head everyday, makes the neck very susceptible for ache and pain. However, it is next only to the low-backache.

Shoulder & Arm: Pain in this region is usually due to cervical spondylosis, slipped disc, improper working habits, wrong postures and working for long hours sitting on chaise without armrest, etc.

Mid Back Pain: Sitting for too long, incorrect posture, stress and tension are some of the important causes of middle back pain. Mercifully, however, the incidence of middle back pain is considerably less.

Low Back Pain: Low backache is the most common variety of backache and is usually due to back muscle and ligament’s injuries, slipped disc, spondylosis, spinal canal stenosis, spondylosithesis etc. bending, weight-lifting also causes acute low backache. The important cause of lower back is the bad postures we adopt in our day-to-day lives.

Seat Bones: Pain in this area could be due to S-1 joint strain, sitting for longer duration etc. It can also result from falls directly on the buttocks.

Causes of low backache (LBA): There are a plethora of causative factors for LBA, - common and uncommon, related and unrelated to the spine. Do not be surprised if you are told that you are responsible for nurturing a monster in your back by contributing generously for its genesis. The uncommon reasons are far fewer in number (20 %) and you cannot be blamed for it, for you have no role either in its causation or its cure but you are largely responsible for the common low backache which accounts for nearly 80% of the cases.
  • Uncommon or direct causes: Causes related to the spine: These include conditions like infection, tumors, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, spondylosis, fracture and spondylolisthesis, etc.

    Problems not related to the spine: These include problems in other systems like the genitourinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, prolapse of the uterus, chronic white discharge in females etc.
  • Common or indirect causes: These account for 8 to 10 causes. The common varieties of LBA are muscular strains, ligament sprains and disc disease. In 90 percent of the causes, no serious causes is found, it is just a case of misused back than a wrong back. You have wronged your back!

    Backache due to problems related to spine: These include deformities of the spine; spine injuries; infections of the spine like tuberculosis, etc; mechanical defects in the spine like spondylolisthesis, spina bifida etc.; tumours of the spine and degenerative disorders of the spine like lumbar spondylosis etc.
       However, there could be pain due to due to problems unrelated to spine. The causes for this include diseases of the kidneys; diseases of the uterus in women; white discharge, prolapse of the uterus, menstrual problems, etc in women; disorders of the gastrointestinal system and disorders of the genitourinary system.

    Sudden insults to back: A sudden damage to your back can be caused by
    • Awkward bending
    • Violent cough or sneeze
    • Sudden violent jerks while driving
    • Skid and fall.
    • Road-accidents, assaults etc.
    • Sports-related injuries
    • Improper weight-lifting
    • Getting up from the bed or toilet function suddenly.
       This kind of ‘sudden’ low backache involves severe pain. The causative factors for common low backache are many and varied the important ones include the following.
Improper use of back: Sudden jerks or unaccustomed activity, illogical physical stress on the back, improper weight and abrupt left or weight results in muscle and ligament strain. All these are likely to result in backache.

Poor posture: This is the by-product of improper standing, sitting, waling, lying down, etc. Most of the times, most part of the day and most part of our lives we adopt incorrect postures.

Sedentary lifestyle: Normally, we tend to adopt a lifestyle without proper and adequate exercise, leas a lazy and laid out life which increases fat in the body, this distorts the spinal ‘S’ curves by pulling it forwards and this complicates the already endangered spine.

Gradual insults to back: Bad physical postures, pot-belly, sedentary lifestyle, urbanization hazards, improper working conditions, lack of exercise, mental stress and ageing hazards will gradually impair the back.

Adding a Holistic Touch - Deccan Herald » Metro Life, Sep 19th 2005

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Editor’s Column
The Cops Do Care - INDIAN EXPRESS, Dec 30th 1993
   Sir, Reports of police atrocities, negligence and excesses are so common in newspapers today that it hardly raises eyebrows. However, my experience has been that the police are also capable of efficient, honest and selfless service.
   On Dec 4, my 7-year-old son Rakesh got lost near City Market while he was shopping with my elder sister. After frantically searching for a while she reported the matter to a traffic constable. The constable pacified my sister and asked her to get a recent photograph of my son.
   He, meanwhile, immediately got in touch with the on duty traffic sub-inspector and together combed the entire market area. Near the exit, they found a boy and realized he was the one they were searching. They asked him the home address; my son said he would be able to direct them to his house if they took him to his school, as he did not know the address. They took him to his school and from there my son showed them the way home. They dropped him in front of the gate and returned without waiting to be thanked.
   I shudder to think of the consequences had those benevolent cops passed on the responsibility to the law and order. The formalities would have taken precious time and that would have been sufficient for miscreants to abduct my son.


Replace Ganguly - DECCAN HEARALD, Aug 17th, 2001
   Sir, The behavior of Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly leaves much to be desired. His performance with the bat has been poor. His captaincy has been found wanting when vital decisions have to be taken. For example, in the final match in the Coco Cola cup. He made a blunder in persisting with Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Kjan who conceded too many runs in the first few overs.
   His body language has been such that it cannot inspire confidence in the team members. It seems he gets annoyed or upset with every lapse in the field. But the wordt is his show of defiance with the umpires that has earned him suspension on three occasions so far. Moreover, he had some harsh words to the members of the opposite team which has resulted in a stiff fine for such an ungentlemanly behaviour. Replace Ganguly with Rahul Dravid who is the natural successor given his talent.



Poor Captaincy - DECCAN HEARALD, Oct 2001
   Sir, The Wily Englishmen got the better of the mighty Indians. Complacency, poor vision and poor captaincy prevented India from taking the series in New Delhi itself. Waiting till Mumbai to clinch the decider was not the wisest thing to do considering the jinx India has in losing the finals for an incredible 9 times, Citing inexperience in the middle order is no excuse, as the entire English team was inexperienced and was playing away from home.

   India’s best chances of winning while chasing lay in their restricting the opposition to a manageable mediocre score as Kumble did in the 3rd ODI. Only occasionally have they been able to overhaul a stiff target, that too when the big guns blazed. At 205 for 8, England was at India’s mercy. Instead of choking them for runs and delivering the killer punch. Ganguly let them off the hook by wide field placements and continuing with non-regular bowlers like Badani and Tendulkar. By the time Srinath was brought back it was too late, for England had posted 255 which all the good work done by Harbhajan was squandered and no so were India’s chances of winning the Cup.

   While Hussein was experimenting with the batting order by sending Flintoff at No. 4 in the 5th and No. 7 in the 6th ODI with success, India never thought of anything like that and stuck on to the same batting combination in the last tow games. Having known that our middle order was in experimented, Gaungly could have experimented a bit by sending either Agarkar or Ratra at No. 3 and he himself could have come out at No 6. This could have lent solidarity to the lower order and his presence in the death over would have demoralized the opposition. India played safe and lost while Hussein took the risk and won!

   Of course Englishmen had liberal doses of luck in the last game. But fortune favors the brave. Umpire Sharma was responsible for their losing the Calcutta game. In the last match umpire Gupta was responsible for their winning as he ruled not out when he was clearly out!

   Englishmen cried hoarse at Calcutta and were ready to crucify Sharma but they did not acknowledge the generous help they received from Indian umpires as Flintoff went on to score 40 match winning runs! One can only feel sorry for India as not only was the middle order was inexperienced with one of the umpire officiating an international match for the first time and the other only his 4th! Strange are the ways of the BCCI.

   England won by outwitting India and return home with their heads high leaving our team sulking and despondent seeking answers for their debacle. Administrators and the players need to introspect. But will we ever learn? Only time will tell.


Good Show by Anil Kumble - DECCAN HERALD, Dec 8th 2001
   Congratulations to the Indian team for winning the Test against England. It is heartening to see Anil Kimble back in good form. People were ready to write him off after the none-too-successful sojourn in South Africa. Saurav Ganguly, who was singing his praises after India’s victory, was guilty of sidelining the ace spinner in the second test in South Africa as he could not deliver the goods in the first.

   It is unfortunate that cricket still remains a batsman’s game. If a batsman that too an established one, does not score runs in few matches, it is attributed to loss of form and he is persisted with. But the same yardstick is not applied to a bowler. If an established bowler fails to capture sufficient wickets in few matches, he is quickly dubbed a spent force. Anil Kumble had only one or two bad matched and it was due to the long lay-off following surgery and not because of bad dorm. He only needed time to get back his old rhythm.

   One bad match and Saurav Ganguly was quick to display his lack of confidence in Kumble. Why don’t we remember how Gangaly has failed as a batsman in many matches?

   Will Kumble be persisted with if he keeps taking only one or two wickets in every match or none in some? If he had failed to perform with a rich haul in the second innings, he would have been sidelined, Kudos to him for coming up trumps and silencing all the critics.


Fighting Crime a Collective Responsibility - TIMES OF INDIA, Dec 13th, 2001
   Sir, Kudos to Bangalore Police for unraveling the Peenya murder mysteries. Whenever there is a murder, there is a public outcry against the police. It is impossible for the police to be ubiquitously present at all places of crime. We blame the police for the crimes but absolve ourselves of all the responsibilities towards prevention of crime. If everybody exercises a little care and caution, so many crimes can be prevented. And the best chance of tackling crimes lies in preventing them from happening.

   Take for instance, Deepika’s case. Instead of allowing these two girls aged less than 10 years. To come all alone from school, their parents could have escorted them personally or made some arrangements like employing an ayah or hire a van or an auto to bring them home. This would have averted the tragedy. Elderly citizens should firmly refuse to entertain any stranger when their children are not a home, or alternatively they can call their children before allowing any repair-person inside their house. Other simple measures like employing security guards or installing certain electronic gadgets, which are now available in plenty, could also be thought of.

   If everyone gives a little thought about the safety and security of their respective houses so much crime can be prevented. Being careless at our home front and blaming the police is not going to help. We have to be more conscious about crime and improve our awareness as we live in a huge city with a handful police.

   Crime is reported on the front page with huge captions and color photographs. The modus operandi is explained in great detail. But ironically whenever a criminal is convicted by a court of law it is printed somewhere inside. Instead of glorifying crime it is vital that the consequences of crime are given more importance. This will deter those elements that would like to take to crime for instant fame and money.

   It is said that people get that government they deserve. In today’s crime scenario, it can be said that people get the criminals they deserve! The police should organize seminars and workshops for the target groups of criminals like the young children, lonely women and elderly citizens and also at schools and colleges.

   The law should be made more stringent and special courts should be set up to try these heinous crimes in a speedy manner. Lawyers could also refuse to fight such barbaric cases. Parents should also educate various safety norms. Let us do our bit and help the police to help us better.


Fighting Crime a Collective Responsibility - DECCAN HEARALD, Dec 13th, 2001
   Sir, Kudos to Bangalore Police for unraveling the Peenya murder mysteries. Whenever there is a murder, there is a public outcry against the police. It is impossible for the police to be ubiquitously present at all places of crime. We blame the police for the crimes but absolve ourselves of all the responsibilities towards prevention of crime. If everybody exercises a little care and caution, so many crimes can be prevented. And the best chance of tackling crimes lies in preventing them from happening.

   Take for instance, Deepika’s case. Instead of allowing these two girls aged less than 10 years. To come all alone from school, their parents could have escorted them personally or made some arrangements like employing an ayah or hire a van or an auto to bring them home. This would have averted the tragedy. Elderly citizens should firmly refuse to entertain any stranger when their children are not a home, or alternatively they can call their children before allowing any repair-person inside their house. Other simple measures like employing security guards or installing certain electronic gadgets, which are now available in plenty, could also be thought of.

   If everyone gives a little thought about the safety and security of their respective houses so much crime can be prevented. Being careless at our home front and blaming the police is not going to help. We have to be more conscious about crime and improve our awareness as we live in a huge city with a handful police.

   Crime is reported on the front page with huge captions and color photographs. The modus operandi is explained in great detail. But ironically whenever a criminal is convicted by a court of law it is printed somewhere inside. Instead of glorifying crime it is vital that the consequences of crime are given more importance. This will deter those elements that would like to take to crime for instant fame and money.

   It is said that people get that government they deserve. In today’s crime scenario, it can be said that people get the criminals they deserve! The police should organize seminars and workshops for the target groups of criminals like the young children, lonely women and elderly citizens and also at schools and colleges.

   The law should be made more stringent and special courts should be set up to try these heinous crimes in a speedy manner. Lawyers could also refuse to fight such barbaric cases. Parents should also educate various safety norms. Let us do our bit and help the police to help us better.


Proves us Wrong - DECCAN HEARALD, Dec 29th, 2001
   English cricket team was written off before they could land on the Indian soil. Indians are lams abroad but tigers at home. While the mighty Australians failed to tame them, the Englishmen were not even given an outside chance. Yet, Nasser Hussian stunned Ganguly at Ahmedabad. He showed what captaincy is all about. A captain has to be a good player apart from a tactician, and lead by example. I can’t recall one instance when Ganguly has won matches.

   The present-day cricket is more of a war than a game and every-thing is fair in war. When the world was struggling to contain Don Bradman, Jardine hurled the ball on Bradman’s body instead of the stumps. To halt Sachin’s dominance, Hussian asked bowlers to hurl the ball well outside the leg stump. The tactics worked. Instead of the predicted 3-0 loss, England lost 1-0.

   People said the English cannot handle Indian spin, yet they scored 300-plus twice. They said their bowling was too weak to ruffle the feathers of our batsmen, but they dismissed us twice for less than 300. They said English tail was long and weak, yet they whipped us strongly twice. They said Hussain had forgotten on 14 previous occasions what it is to win a toss, yet he won the toss two consecutive times, which almost proved catastrophic. How quickly the English had learnt from their mistakes. In contrast, we have never learnt from our mistake even after 14 years.


All about Captaincy - DECCAN HEARALD, Jan 10th 2002
   Sir, English cricket team was written off even before they landed on the Indian soil. Indians are lambs abroad and tigers at home. Even the mighty Australians failed to tame them and the Englishmen were not given even an outside chance, a white was predicted. The loss at Mohali vindicated the predictions. Naseer Hussain stunned Ganguly with a fame plan at Ahmedabad. Of late Ganguly neither captains no plays for India, he just makes up the number. Hussian showed his Indian counterpart what captaincy was all about. Ganguly appears to be just a passenger in the team and merely going through the motions. I cannot recall one instance when he has won latches for India on his own! Everybody cried hoarse about the English game plan against Sachin. But modern cricket is more a was than a game and everything is fair in a war. To halt Sachin’s dominance, Hissain instructed his leg stumps! These tactics worked for them then and now as was by seen the respectable 1-0 loss than the predicted humiliating 3-0 loss! The English had learnt form our mistakes. Hussain has shown that a good captain can do wonders even with a rookie team.


Why go Abroad, waste money? - DECCAN HEARALD, Apr 06th, 2003
   There is absolutely no justification in spending the tax payers’ money for the treatment for politician who is not holding any office.
   When the best of medical treatment is available in the country itself, going abroad for treatment, practiced by these mighty politicians is despicable. Didn’t our Prime Minister set an example by getting operated in our country itself?
   What about the poor people of the State who, unable to afford the cost of treatment, keep seeking for help through news papers from the public? It is not the duty of the Government to come to the rescue of such hapless people instead of trying to spend public money on those who can afford the best of treatment themselves?


Well said, Bishen - THE TIMES OF INDIA, Apr 08th, 2003
   I agree with Bishen Singh Bedi’s observation that Ganguly goofed up India’s chances in he World Cup final by his unimaginative captaincy (Apr 05th). He said there is no shame in losing to Australia but what he didn’t mention was there is shame in not playing to your potential.
   He may be a successful captain but certainly not the best. A look at Anil Kimble’s plight is enough to suggest that he has one rule for himself and another for other team members. Thanks to the short-sightedness of our selectors, he continues to be at the helm of affairs.


Quality Spinners - TIMES OF INDIA, June 18th, 2003
   The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to scout around the country for spinners since it feels that this species is on the decline. While looking ahead, the BCCI seems to have turned a blind eye towards the existing talent in the country. If a spinner of the caliber of Anil Kumble, the highest wicket-taker for India in one-day and only the second in Test cricket, does not figure in the final eleven most of the times due to reasons other than current form, how can youngsters in this country be motivated to take up spin bowling? What treatment awaits lesser mortals is anybody’s guess. Apart form the other measures, the BCCI should nurture the present breed of quality spinners in the country with utmost care – fresh talent will automatically emerge to the forefront.


Inhuman Killings - DECCAN HEARALD, July 23rd, 2003
   Sir, while it was hearing to note the love, warmth and care our countrymen showered on young Noor and the commendable hob done by our doctors, it was distressing to read the inhuman killing of seven Vaishnodevi pilgrims by the Pakistani militants. It was expected that, after experiencing the Indian generosity, the militants would abandon their mindless killings or our innocent countrymen and spread the message of brotherhood. While we saved one of their precious lives, they extinguished seven of our precious lives. They thus repaid our kindness with bullets!


Sachin & Steve - DECCAN HEARALD, July 23rd, 2003
   Sir, Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar are currently two of the world’s greatest cricketing icons. While Waugh was in town a few days ago, Sachin, who is trying to force his cricketing mettle against the Kiwis, is still in town.

   In terms of cricketing achievements in the Tests, Steve is ached of Sachin at the moment and he has reiterated many times that, no matter what record he is going to set on the field, Tendulkar is bound to break it. But what about those records off the field, the charity works, Steve Waugh has set? While Sachin is mired in an undesirable tax evasion controversy, Steve Waugh is making the humanity proud by endearing himself too proud by endearing himself to the downtrodden, that too in the land of Tendulkars! Can Sachin follow suit and break the record set by Steve off the field? If he can do that, then he will make every Indian proud. Otherwise, Sachin will be remembered only for his cricketing feats while Steve will be remembered as a greater human being, and that will be a feat which is worth many more time than more sporting achievements.



Use the Medium - DECCAN HEARALD, Sept 14th, 2003
   RESTORATION of junior cricketing ties with Pakistan is definitely a step in the right direction. Severing sporting ties in retaliation to the patronization of terrorism by Pakistan is ridiculous. Terrorism needs to be tackled with greater political will and mutual dialogue - banning cricketing ties is an ineffective strategy as can be witnessed from the continued spate of terrorism across the border.

   On the contrary, sports should be used a powerful medium to suppress the feelings of ill will and hatred between the people of the two countries, This will definitely improve the bilateral relations as the passion for the game is high in both the countries. History is a testimony to the fact that a sport has never divided people but politics has. Instead of politicizing the sports, let is sportily our politics. What cannot be solved with bullets, can be solved with bat and ball! It, thus, definitely makes sense to restore senior cricketing ties too.


True Winners - TIMES OF INDIA, Oct 03rd 2003
   It wasn’t the rain which robbed the Indians of the ICC Champions Trophy but the strange rules. Instead of replying the whole match, the teams should be just allowed to complete the game played the previous day. After having fielded the whole day, Indians fielded again the next day while the Sri Lankans were spared the ordeal. But kudos to the Indians for their spirited performance. On both days, they had the Sri Lankans on the mat and gave them a taste of their own medicine. The future augurs well for Indian cricket, what with even Tendulkar having to vie for the batting slots!.


Training Course for Orthopaedic SurgeonsDECCAN HERALD, Apr 19th
   The Karnataka Orthopaedic Association will conduct a continuing medical education programme on Ilizarov course and hands-on-work-shop in Bangalore on May 21st and 22nd.
   An Association statement on tuesday said that the State-level course is being organized to train Orthopaedic surgeons in application of Ilizarov Ring Fixator as it is highly technical. The course is being co-sponsored by the Kshema Orthopaedic Centre, Hubli.
   Those interested in the course can contact Dr. John Ebnezar, Organizing Secretary, Ilizarov Course, Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Victoria Hospital.


Call for New Methods in Spinal Surgery - DECCAN HERALD, June 21st
   Dr. D B Meundi, director of medical education, today called upon the doctors to propagate the advances made it spinal surgery.
   Inaugurating the two-day national Conference and Hands on-workshop on Spinal Surgery here, he sad there is need fie hands-on-workshop on surgeries in view of the increasing accidents leading to spinal traumas. He said director of the Workshop P S Ramani, Victoria Hospital Superintendent H D Ballal and eminent surgeons of Bangalore were present on the occasion.
   Minister for Medical Education M Shankar Naik who was scheduled to inaugurate the function did not turn up. Earlier in the morning, Dr. P S Ramani, who is a renowned surgeon from sion Hospital, Bombay, conducted a live demonstration of a difficult spine operation. The operation was performed on a patient who was having beck-bone fracture which led to paralysis his left had, The operation was conducted at the neurosurgery of Victoria Hospital and arrangements were made to view the surgery live on a big screen where a two-way communication between the delegates and the operating surgeon was held. There was a continuous interaction to discuss the doubts and details regarding the surgery.
   About 100 delegates from over the country participated the demonstration.

Events conducted by Dr. John Ebnezar
Workshop on Unique Orthopaedic Treatment - INDIAN EXPRESS, Apr 24th, 1994
   The Karnataka Orthopaedic Association is organizing from May 21st a 2-day Ilizarov course and hands-on workshop on the Ilizarov method of fixing fractures and treating complex orthopaedic problems here using a unique external fixation method.
   The fixation is named after world renowned Russian orthopaedic surgeon Ilizarov and had revolutionized patient management in the field, according to an association press release.
   Such a course is being held for the first time in Karnataka to train orthopaedic surgeons in this demanding technique. Those interested in participating can contact organizing Secretary Ilizorv Course, John Ebnezar, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Victoria Hospital, Bangalore, says the press release.


Orthopaedics Workshop
   A workshop, to train Orthopaedics in advanced techniques of fixing fractures many other complex orthopaedic problem is being jointly organized by the Karnataka Orthopaedics Association in Co-operation with Kshema Orthopaedic Centre, Hubli, on 21st and 22nd in the city. Details may be obtained from Dr. John Ebnezer, Organizing Secretary Ilizarov Course, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Victoria Hospital.

ILIZORV Orthopaedic Technique Seminar Held - INDIAN EXPRESS, May 24th, 1994
   82 delegates attended the first ever workshop on the Ilizarov orthopaedic technique held by the Karnataka Orthopaedic Association here on May 21 and 22. The revolutionary new technique can be used for limb lengthening, deformity correction, multiple fractures, un-united fractures, infected non-union and other conditions.


Contests conducted by Dr. John Ebnezar
Music Contest for Disabled
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of Karnataka is organizing a music competition at Hulimavu on December 8th connection with the World Disabled Day.
   Those interested may send their entries for Bhavageethe, Janapada Geethe, Devaranama and Kannada film songs to Ms P Maya at the trust’s address at No. 53, Reddy Layout, Sampath, Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560076.

Music Competition for Disabled
   Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore South, the Rotary Bangalore South and the Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable trust of Karnataka will hold a music competition for disabled children on December 11, at Rotary Children’s Auditorium, K R Circle to mark the ‘World Disabled Day.’
   Competitions will be held under categories – classical, light music and film songs- for juniors (below 12 years) and seniors (12-18 age group).

Music Contest - THE TIMES OF INDIA
   The Physically handicapped and paraplegic charitable Trust of Karnataka will hold a music competition for physically challenged persons on Monday at Rotary Club near KIMS, K R Road.

Music Contest - INDIAN EXPRESS
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of Karnataka will hold a music contest for the disabled.

Easy Contest - THE TIMES OF INDIA
   The Karnataka Orthopaedic Academy will be conducting an essay competition in English and Kannada on ‘Heavy schoolbags, a curse on children’s back – causes and remedy’ for the high-school students on Dec 29th.

Writing Contest for Students
   The Karnataka Orthopedic Academy will conduct an essay writing competition in English and Kannada on ‘Heavy’ for the high school students on Dec 29th between 10 am and 12 pm. Those interested in participating may contact the Academy at 183/1, near IIMB, Bannerghatta Road.

Lockers must at Schools - Jan 21st
   Veeresh, a ninth standard student in Cordian High School in Vijayanagar , is more than a little happy. He has won the first prize in essay writing. Competition conducted by the Karnataka Orthopaedic Academy.

Music Contest - THE TIMES OF INDIA
   Rakesh cultural Academy my will hold state-level music competition on Jan 26 for two categories: Juniors and Seniors.

Air Programme - THE TIMES OF INDIA
   The Karnataka Orthopaedic Academy is organizing a live phone-in programme on AIR on Tuesday on ‘Orthopaedic Problem in Women after 40’ between 12.30 pm and 1 pm.

Music Competition - DECCAN HEARALD, Jan 21st, 2003
   A State-level music competition will be conducted by the Rakesh Cultural Academy on Jan 26th from 9 am at Swaranjali, Bilekanahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560076. The competition will comprise folk songs, light music, Decaranama, Vachanas, Kannada and Hindi film hits. The competition will be held in two categories based on age groups – for contestants below and above 14 years of age.

Free Check-Up Camps
Checkup Camp - TIMES OF INDIA, June 5th, 2000
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of Karnataka will conduct a free lower backache checkup camp at Parimala Hospital, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road on June 11 between 10 am and 4 pm.

Free Backache Check-Up Camp - DECCAN HEARALD, June 6th, 2000
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of Karnataka ® will be conducting a free “Low Backache Check-up Camp” at Parimala Hospital, Bilekahalli Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore on June 11 between 10 am to 4 pm. During the camp public health lectures on the causes of low backache, the remedies available, the preventive measures and back exercises are delivered.

Cancer Detection - THE TIMES OF INDIA, June 22nd, 2000
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic charitable trust of Karnataka and Rotary innerwheel club will conduct free cancer detection camp for women at Parimala Hospital on Sunday.

Backache Prevention Camp - THE TIMES OF INDIA, Feb 11th, 2001
   The Physically handicapped Trust in association with the Karnataka Orthopaedic Academy will be conducting a programme to help people gain awareness regarding prevention of backache from Nov 4th.

Health Camp - THE TIMES OF INDIA, May 29th, 2001
   Zydus Cadila Pharmaceutical in association with the in Physically Handicapped Trust will be conducing a free health check up camp for women at Parimala Hospital. Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road May 29 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Polio Camp - THE TIMES OF INDIA
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Trust of Karnataka in association with the Rotary Innerwheel Club, Bangalore South and Karnataka Orthopedic Academy will conduct the second polio corrective surgery free check-up camp at Parimala Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, on Oct 22 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Free Polio Camp - DECCAN HEARALD, Sept 20th
   The Physically Handicapped and Paraplegic Charitable Trust of Karnataka in association with the Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore South will conduct a polio camp on Oct 10 at the Parimala Hospital Bilekhalli, Bannerghatta Road, Those interested register their names on or before Oct 6.

Free Diabetes Education Programme - INDIAN EXPRESS, Oct 24th, 2000
   The Karnataka Orthopaedic Academy in Association with PHPCK Trust will organize a free diabetes education programme by Dr. V Ramanna, Research Director, Diabetes Research Centre at the Parimala Hospital, Bannerghatta Road on Oct 29 between 11 am and 1 pm.

Dr. Parimala Devi
WHO Fellowship Awarded - THE TIMES OF INDIA, Aug 21st, 2001
   Dr. Parimaladevi, senior specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanivilas Hospital. Bangalore, has been awarded the prestigious World Health Organization Fellowship in “Safe Motherhood and Management” at the Mahidol University, Thailand, Dr. Parimaladevi is also the recipient of the Gold Medal by the Rotary Club for Young Surgeons for her work on “Septic Abortions” in the year 1998. She had also undergone fellowship training sponsored by the International College of Surgeons in Colposcopy (i.e. early detection of cervix cancer in women), at Birmingham, U.K, in1998, according to a press release.

Rakesh J
City Boy in US - INDIAN EXPRESS, Oct 23rd, 2000
   Rakesh J, a student of 9th standard at Bishop Cotton Boys School, recently participated in the World Kannada Millennium conference held at Houston, Texas from Sept 1 to Sept 3. He was the only child artiste to have participated in the conference. He performed at a light music program. Rakesh was also invited by the New York Kannada Koota and was conferred the title ‘Gana Praveena’.

Antakshari - INDIAN EXPRESS, Aug 04th, 2001
   Rakesh J, a disciple of Pandit Seshadri Gawai and a class 10th student of the Bishop Cotton’s Boys School in the City, is the only one to be chosen for the Close-Up Antakshari National Challenge Competition (Kids Special) to be organized by Zee TV at Mumbai from Aug 7 to Aug 10, according to an official press release. Rakesh was the only child artiste from the State to participate in the world millennium Kannada conference held at Texas in Sept 2000.

Child Artiste - DECCAN HEARALD, Aug 26th, 2001
   Rakesh J, a 10th standard student of Bishop Cotton Boy’s school, Bangalore was selected to participate in the Closeup Antakshari - National Challenge Competition (Kids special) held at Mumbai early this month. He was the only boy to the national challenge round.
   Rakesh, a disciple of Pandit Seshadri Gawai, has made great strides in the field of music and had received 3 awards in one year: Gold Medal by Shubaram Trust, Gana Praveena title by the New York Kannada Sangha, award by Sorab Sangeeth Samithi and Indian Medical Association Stage Level Cultural Award.
   He was also the only child artiste from the State to participate in the World Millennium Kannada Conference held in Texas, last year.

Singing Sensation - DECCAN HEARALD, Mar 6th, 2003
   When Rakesh sang a pure classical raga at school, some of his classmates kept blank faces and the less sensitive sniggered: that did not stop him from winning that competition as well as several others.
   “When I sang film numbers, the story was completely different – my classmates used to be all ears,” recalls Rakesh, who won the first prize in ‘Surtarang’ - a national talent music competition held in New Delhi in February, Hinduatani vocalist Pt. Sheshadri Gawai, was the lone representative of the State in the competition. “It feels great to sing,” says sixteen-year-old Rakesh simply.
   His parents, noticing his flair for singing even when he was only six, put him under Pt. Gawai as they felt Hindustani music, with its broader range, would suit their son’s vocals better: Raesh took to the form like fish to water.
   Though still studying in his I PUC at Christ College, Rakesh has already completed his BA (Hindustani Vocal) conducted by the Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Does he intend to take up music as a fulltime career? “I have not given it a thought yet. I would like to sing always, whether on stage or o myself but taking up a career… I still have to think,” says Rakesh, perhaps a little wisely.
   Music though, has never come in the way of Rakesh’s studies. Having passed his tenth standard ISCE exams in flying colours, Rakesh is now slogging hard to get through IIT preliminaries. “Nowadays, I hardly get time to rehearse,” rues he.
   Several awards have come his way including the Aryabhatta Award for Young Talent in 2002. He has also stood first in several national and state-level competitions including ones conducted by the Yuvaranga, Kala Sahitya Vedike, Adarsha Academy of Music, Sadhana Music School and the Indian Institute of World Culture, Famous playback singer Manjula Gururaj noticed his talent and recommended him to director V Manohar. And Rakesh got to sing in several films including the popular ‘Ulta Pulta’ ‘Anuraga Sangama’ and others. ‘Playback singing in fun but I feel I need a stronger base in classical music. Only then, can I branch out into pop, fusion and film music,” says Rakesh.

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