Homeschool Info Meet at Mumbai [HIM Nov 2017] and the growing interest in homeschooling

Over the last few years there has been a growing awareness of the existence of alternatives to Institutional schools as a way to educate children. This has resulted in those who chose such alternatives years ago now coming together to hold meetings to explain what these alternatives are, especially homeschooling. Yesterday Mumbai homeschoolers organised aContinue reading “Homeschool Info Meet at Mumbai [HIM Nov 2017] and the growing interest in homeschooling”

Air pollution increases risk of childhood obesity and diabetes

A few days back I saw thick black smoke emanating from an illegal roadside garage and stopped to see what was happening. I was shocked to see two men from a roadside garage burning wires made of copper and insulated with PVC, apparently to extract the copper. In the bargain they were spreading carcinogenic fumesContinue reading “Air pollution increases risk of childhood obesity and diabetes”

Explorers kids Dance @ Christmas 2016

In celebration of the wonderful birth of Jesus Christ, King of Kings who became a human being and entered our world 2000 years ago, these children performed a beautiful dance. Performed by children who are part of the Explorers club of Sunday school of Living Hope Church, all these lovely dance steps were conceptualized by theContinue reading “Explorers kids Dance @ Christmas 2016”

Mumbaiites continue to breathe poor quality air, except in Borivali

As a citizen of Mumbai and a medical doctor, I am very concerned about the quality of air we breathe. The Hindustan Times reported today that the city continued to have poor air for the second day in a row.The pollutant-measuring indicator air quality index (AQI) fell from 224 on Monday morning to 220 byContinue reading “Mumbaiites continue to breathe poor quality air, except in Borivali”

Do you have to die in the same religion that you were born into?

Yesterday I was invited to an award distribution program. Mother Teresa awards. This year the theme was combating Terrorism through Education. Many erudite, well-educated Muslims including the former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Syed Ata Husain Lt General, and the mother of a teenager who was killed by terrorists in Dhaka forContinue reading “Do you have to die in the same religion that you were born into?”

Choosing between a Smart or a Green city?

I asked a few people, including myself, to imagine what a smart city would be like for those of us living in 2016: It should take us from point A to B in the shortest time possible, automatically deciding for us which route to take. It should provide free and fast internet either wired orContinue reading “Choosing between a Smart or a Green city?”

Real Heroes of Mumbai

I have seen a few heroes and heroines in reel and real life. Often the reel heroes seem larger than life and get a lot of adulation because of what they are seen to be doing. But here I want to present to you one man, Nandakumar Pawar, who in my opinion is a realContinue reading “Real Heroes of Mumbai”