drshivanisalil

I am a doctor with an MD in Clinical Microbiology, working at KEM Hospital, Mumbai. I am a voracious reader, writer and blogger and believe that words can spin magic. I value truth and honesty above all else and love to chase sunsets for the sheer joy of it.

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On The Dark Night Of The 7/11 Mumbai Bomb Blasts

Their thoughts were rudely interrupted with a loud sound followed by shrieks and an utter chaos. The train thudded to a halt and lights of the compartment went out too, adding to the panic. “I just can’t wait to reach home,” said Sia stifling a big yawn, to her colleague and flatmate Raavi. A bleary […]

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You Can’t Get Rid Of Me So Easily, I’ll Always Find My Way Back!

"Remember, I work only to fund my dreams. As for the Amma bit, she doesn’t know and let’s keep it like that for now. I’ll keep you posted of my whereabouts and you know I’ll be back before you know. I’ll always find my way back to you, sweets,” her voice trailed.

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What Decided Which Side Of The Red Tinted Glass Screen She Ended Up On?

Back in her room, Shanaya reflected back at the strange encounter, the connect she felt in her bones. Had she imagined that conversation there? Was it wrong to dream, she wondered.

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Let Me Paint A Rainbow In The Sky, One Step At A Time

Who would have thought Aai, that petite homebody, could be so relentless. She was the unlikeliest of feminists, let alone be a gay right champion.

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Don’t Resuscitate My Mother, She Needs To Go

There lying in the middle of myriad tubes and buzzing machines, was someone who looked like Ma but didn't seem at all to be the mother she knew.

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Let’s Learn From Dhritarashtra To NOT Love Our Kids Blindly

Dhritrashtra was visually-impaired, but his blindness extended to the way he refused to consider his sons' crimes - loving our kids blindly can be disastrous!

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Why Did She Choose THIS One?

Amma, you should have seen the look on their faces. We used our ‘quote of the day’ on them and they were shocked. We told them, it's they who are weird, not our friend. Isn’t that right?

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Sanju, A Lost Boy Or Enfant Terriblé?

Sanju has been made by people who have a soft spot for Sanjay Dutt and that tender approach shows through. They've tried their best to remain objective and not glorify him, but have succeeded only partially.

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Just A Bunch Of Girls Trying To Stand On Our Own Two Feet

I tried to calm them but it was as if their worst fears were coming true. Sleep eluded us and next morning we went to the local police station to file a complaint. Our Muse of the Month series this year focus on stories that pass the Bechdel test, and are written on inspiration from […]

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On Father’s Day, Here’s To The Feminist Men in My Life!

This is an ode to the two feminist men in my life. One who shaped my thinking which probably led me to fall for the other one; my own father and my daughter's.

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Don’t Believe Rumours About The Nipah Virus: Read The Facts Here Instead

It’s unfortunate that the Nipah virus (NiV) is grabbing headlines and our attention. The only thing deadlier than the virus is the misinformation and the rumours that are floating around.

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When Tara Dreamt Of More

“When everyone around me was advising my father to marry me off, he brushed them aside and trudged with me to coaching classes and then college.”

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‘Shasya ki Mummy’: My New Identity, And I Love It! #HappyMothersDay

That moment when you gain a new identity as 'mother of so-and-so' takes some getting used to. But it is precious too! Do you remember the first time someone referred to you this way?

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Refugee Ke Bacche

The men in the house consulted and though they were not convinced, it still felt safer to dispatch the women and children to a safer place.

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Post Partum Depression Can Be Difficult To Diagnose, But Timely Help Can Be Life Saving

Post partum depression is often called the great masquerader, as it can be misdiagnosed as exhaustion and stress in a new mother. 

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After So Many IVF Attempts, She Was Tired! Was There Any Hope?

Niharika wasn't sure how long this could last. She discussed it with Ayush and he too agreed to go through the screening for a possible IVF.

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15 Time Management Hacks That Can Do Wonders For Your Peace Of Mind & Health

What stresses us out most is a lack of time, playing havoc with your peace of mind and health. Time management, says this author, is the key.

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Saree Shaming Us Into Wearing It Is A Bad Strategy, Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee!

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee recently shamed women who cannot drape a saree! Here's why his statement is harmful and needs serious reconsideration. 

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