Have been watching the tremors, then rumblings and quakes that the Me Too movement is causing in India, and then find reactions, not just coming from men’s locker rooms, but also from some women who seem quite critical of the outbursts and revelations!

“Why did they take so long?” is the popular criticism levelled against these brave women.

You just have to hear the laughter, the snides and ridicule, that Me Tooers face to know why anybody either takes too long or never reveals anything that happens at all. And if they had revealed what they’d gone through at that particular time that these critics so glibly talk about, then the ridicule, the sniggers and the disbelief would have been a hundred, nay a thousand fold louder.

So why now?

Because, today, they have formed a brigade. Today, compared to yesterday they individually have the power to withstand, and today, they don’t want others to go through what they went through before!

If you are still not convinced, let me give you an example:

Many years ago, a sixteen- year old boy, having just finished high school, and seeing his father’s business in the doldrums decided to use his holidays, to work as a salesman for his father’s nearly bankrupt company. He went on his sales rounds, walked into a major corporate house, and a gentleman by the name of Khoshy, told him, he could get him a big order, if he came over for a meeting at a posh restaurant. He went. He had never been inside the restaurant, though it was right opposite his old school. There he was introduced to another gentleman and the first gentleman disappeared saying that this gentleman was the one who needed the services of my dad’s company.

The new gentleman then said the deal could be discussed in a better environment and suggested the beach. The innocent sixteen- year old went and on the beach found the man was a homosexual, and had other intentions, which he was intent on getting away with. The boy ran for his life before things got too hot, returned home, and never spoke about it to his father, even when the gentleman gave his dad the order.

There were two other incidents of the same nature during his sales, one a doctor who again promised him business and the other another corporate fellow.

The boy was scared. He was just sixteen. He waited, another six years and then with other friends thrashed these three men. You don’t have to guess who the boy was. You don’t need to guess why he waited. He waited till he had the strength and was not vulnerable anymore!

But, it sure helps me understand, why these ladies waited years, before they today have the fists and friends to thrash these men through exposure, men who thought they could get away, when their victims were weak and vulnerable..!  

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1.   Students of Speech Therapy are Given Tuition Fee Waiver by TATA Trusts

The scholarship offering is for students who are looking forward to pursue their post-graduation in programs related to Speech Therapy, i.e., Speech and Hearing, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Audio Speech Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, from any institute in India.

Last date to submit the application form is November 05, 2018. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, candidates need to fulfil the mandated requirements:


The applicant must have secured 60% in the graduation degree and is interested to take admission in the post-graduation program related to speech therapy. Candidates who are already enrolled in the first or second year are also welcome to apply.

Scholarship Reward

The eligible candidate will receive waiver in tuition fee and related expenditure.

How to Apply

Interested candidate can make an online application.

Other Important Details

Applying candidates need to submit the below mentioned documents:

• Attested mark sheet(s)

• Research document(s)

• Fee receipt

• Letter from college as per specimen

• Bank details (cancelled cheque/passbook)

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2.  College Board Launches its Scholar Program in India with Free SAT and Full Scholarship. Know More Here…

Students who take the SAT for university admission in India, post class 12, are given an opportunity to avail the benefits under this invite. The call offers a free SAT test in December 2018 and full tuition scholarship at leading Indian universities.

Following are the universities offering tuition free waiver: Ahmedabad University, Ashoka University, Azim Premji University, Bennett University, BML Munjal University, FLAME University, ManavRachna University, Manipal University, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, SVKM's NMIMS

Last date to submit the application form is November 02, 2018. In order to be eligible for this program, candidates need to fulfil the mandated requirements:


1) For free SAT Test:

• Applicant must be an Indian resident

•Must be in class 12 in the current academic session

• Annual family income must not be more than INR 6,00,000

2)  For full college tuition scholarship, the applicant must:

• Be an Indian resident and studying in class 12 in 2018-19 session

• Be having annual family income less than INR 4,00,000

• Score minimum 1350 out of 1600 in SAT exam

• Be enrolled in any of the participating Indian universities

Scholarship Reward

Selected scholars will appear for SAT examination worth INR 7000 for freeand full tuition scholarship will be given in any of the listed partnered Indian universities.

How to Apply

Online applications are invited from interested candidates.

Other Important Details

Following documents need to be submitted by the applying candidate:

• Passport-sized Photograph

• Family Income Proof

• Address Proof

• Identity Proof

• 11th Marksheet

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Dr. S. Veda Padma Priya

Little did she dream that the very genes that fascinated her during the pursuit of her post graduation would betray her later in life. Her euphoria of being just married had not worn off when she was detected with breast cancer. “They lived happily ever after” fairy tale dream was shattered and she was pushed onto the rollercoaster ride of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and hormonal treatment. This   story has now become commoner than before in day to day practice of any oncologist specializing in breast cancer treatment.

The recent Globacan 2018 data published by the WHO last month declares that Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in India (both sexes).It has outranked all other cancers with about 1.6 lakh new breast cancers detected every year contributing to 14 % of all cancers put together. But what is more disturbing is that breast cancer also ranks first in deaths due to all cancers. If one in 25 women are at risk of developing breast cancer in India, only one out of two breast cancer patients make it beyond 5 years after treatment. The common reasons for this abnormally high death rate are:

1. Most of the women in India present in late stages .Even though the trend is changing in the cities where women are more aware and come early for evaluation the vast majority in the whole of the country present late.

2. There is a huge disparity in healthcare facilities available between rural and urban areas.

3. The majority of women in India have neither financial independence nor insurance coverage.

4. The stigma of cancer, the promise of cure by alternative treatment, the fear of side effects of chemotherapy delay treatment in a sizable proportion of women even after diagnosis.

5. Lack of robust mammographic or any other screening programme for breast cancer in India.

6. In India the percentage of younger women with breast cancer is about 15 % i.e double that of the west. In younger women they are more aggressive, present at a later stage and may have a genetic predisposition.

Is there something that we can do about this alarming epidemic?

Yes. Definitely there is something which each of us can do to bring down the crisis.

1. Be aware of changes in the breast.

2. Avoid or Reduce the Risk.

3. Be Screened.

4. Manage your genes.

Be Aware of changes in the Breast:

The first step towards being aware of changes in the breast is Breast Self Examination. A woman needs to be aware of her breast and its changes .Any abnormal change needs expert consultation.

Signs to beware:

1. Any painless lump in the breast

2. Any recent changes in the skin of the breast (dimpling or in drawing of skin)

3. Any discharge from the nipple

4. Any lump in the arm pits

5. Changes in the shape and symmetry of the breast.

6. Orange peel appearance of the skin with redness.

7. Indrawn nipple or retraction.

Be Screened:

Screening refers to regular checkups either by a doctor or health care professional and periodic testing with x-rays of the breast. Women more than 50 years of age need yearly mammograms along with six monthly health checkups. In India because breast cancer  occurs 10 years earlier in women  it is more prudent to start early screening (i.e > 40 years).The biggest advantage of  screening mammogram is that cancer can picked up at a stage where it not even felt  and early detection improves outcomes of treatment.

Avoid or reduce Risk:

The risk factors for breast cancer are either modifiable or unmodifiable. Unmodiable risk factors are age, gender and genes. The modifiable risk factors that can be reduced or avoided are

1. High Fat Diet

2. Obesity

3. Alcohol

4. Delayed Childbirth

5. Hormonal pills.

Manage your Genes:

About 10 % of breast cancers are hereditary. They are capable of passing on from one generation to another. Even though a number of genes are implicated the most common are BRCA 1 & 2.Mutations in these genes increase the lifetime  risk of breast cancer to 50 to 80 %  by age 75.It is important to know if you harbor these genes and if so take measures  to reduce the risk ,

1. Increased surveillance: MRI of the breasts yearly in addition to mammogram.

2. Chemoprevention: Tamoxifen or Raloxifene daily halves the risk of breast cancer.

3. Risk reducing surgeries: Either removal of both ovaries or breasts or both reduces the risk of breast cancer in the high risk women.

Dr. S. Veda Padma Priya is a Senior Consultant - Breast Oncology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh

Dr Pradeep Moonot, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Podiatrist, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.

If the joint that connects your big toe to your foot has a sore bump, then chances are you may have a bunion, a common deformity. Largely, Bunions develop when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This imbalance in pressure makes your big toe joint unstable, eventually molding the parts of the joint into a hard knob that juts out beyond the normal shape of your foot.

While tight, high-heeled or too-narrow shoes could be one of the cause for bunions, inherited foot type, foot injuries or any deformity present during the birth are also accountable for the foot deformity. Surprisingly, bunions may also be associated with certain types of arthritis, particularly inflammatory types, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

How Bunion Affects

With a bunion, the base of your big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint) gets larger and sticks out and results in the skin over it may become red and tender. Wearing any type of shoe may be painful and this joint flexes with every step you take. The bigger your bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Normally, your big toe may angle toward your second toe, or even move all the way under it to an extent that the skin on the bottom of your foot may become thicker and painful. Sometimes an advanced bunion may make your foot look grotesque. And if it gets too severe, it may be difficult to walk. Therefore, your pain may become chronic and you may develop arthritis.

Prevention and Cure

Though bunions are curable, at times they tend to become permanent unless surgically treated. Your podiatrist or a Foot and Ankle Specialist can identify a bunion by examining your foot. Watching your big toe as you move it up and down will help your doctor determine if your range of motion is limited. Your doctor will also look for redness or swelling. In case conservative treatments like padding your shoe, medication, changing your shoe type, etc, doesn't provide relief, you may need surgery. The goal of bunion surgery is to relieve discomfort by returning your toe to the correct position. There are a number of surgical procedures for bunions, and no one technique is best for every situation. Surgery may involve removal of the swollen tissue from around your big toe joint, straightening your big toe by removing part of the bone, realigning the long bone between the back part of your foot and your big toe, to straighten out the abnormal angle in your big toe joint, etc.

In case of bunion deformity, the surgery helps to produce a narrow foot and the straighter big toe. The toe area needs little extra care much like in any other surgery. "The capsule repair must be protected with the specialised dressing for 2 weeks. The surgery allows to give a 3D cut for precision.

It's possible you may be able to walk on your foot immediately after a bunion procedure. However, full recovery can take weeks to months. After the surgery, usually doctors advise post-operative shoes for almost 6 weeks until the foot is completely healed. The post-operative shoe allows for heel weight bearing (walking) immediately, though this is often too uncomfortable for the first week. Otherwise too, the foot must be elevated (above the level of the pelvis) for 90% of the time for the first 10 days. This helps to reduce swelling and the risk of infection, and helps in healing of the wound. And to prevent a recurrence, you'll need to wear proper shoes after recovery.

 Surgery isn't recommended unless a bunion causes you frequent pain or interferes with your daily activities. But in any case, if you suspect a bunion on your feet, don't delay and see a Foot and Ankle Specialist or a Podiatrist.

Tips to help prevent bunions:

Be sure your shoes don't cramp or irritate your toes.

Choose shoes with a wide toe box — there should be space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet without squeezing or pressing any part of your foot.

Avoid pointy-toed shoes. 

Dr Pradeep Moonot is an Orthopaedic Surgeon & Podiatrist, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.

Since I do a fair amount of traveling the world over, I have a tendency of comparing the different airlines I fly with, and have been disappointed and also pleasantly surprised by various experiences I’ve been through. Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion, it’s not so much about how new or old the aircraft is, but service delivered by the crew that matters.

Yes, I agree that having a million movies to watch when you switch the screen on board is exciting, but to have an airhostess or flight steward asking whether you’d like to have something more to eat or drink, can win your permanent loyalty for that airline.

Two days ago, I was on a flight from Mumbai to New York via Abu Dhabi. The flight from Abu Dhabi to New York was incredibly pleasant, with Indian as well as foreign flight stewards looking after your every little need. No doubt the aircraft was the latest in the world, but it’s not just about the aircraft is it?

I landed in New York rested, and well fed. Yes, well fed, with even a flight attendant asking me why I didn’t want a meal and asking me whether she could get me something else to eat instead, and she did.

But the previous desi flight that connected me from India to Abu Dhabi, was horrible.

Two wooden faced statues greeted me, stoic and unsmiling as I boarded the aircraft, that had no screen to watch movies, and space that even cattle would have been ashamed to travel in!

The food was deplorable, and I really wondered whether the airline was telling its passengers, “Dare to say anything, and we’ll throw you all into the ocean below! Anyway, we’re broke, and we don’t care!”

Seeing their service, I can imagine why they were broke!

Some passengers did question the service and were met with an icy stare as flight attendants in total black walked about the aircraft as stealthily as the panthers they looked like, steadfastly avoiding any eye contact with the janta sitting on the seats. It was like, “we are the queens of the sky, we deign not to look or serve you proletarians and plebians!”

I’m not joking but I actually saw a man’s trembling finger ring the bell, but when the school head mistress, appeared, he murmured, “Nothing ma’am!” And I swear I saw him shiver the rest of the journey.

Service is the key, my dear airline owners. I’ve seen some of the best service given in old rickety aircraft flown by Air-India, but this by a private airline, begs the question, ‘If we want the world to make In India, we need to treat the world with courtesy and politeness, shouldn’t we?

It’s not just bear hugs to world leaders, it’s about service from black panthers..! 

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