It is a sign of weakness!

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Photo by soheyl dehghani on Unsplash

I am one of those guys who find it difficult to say “NO” when someone asks me a favor, especially when it is unreasonable or downright illegal. Why do so many people ask me to do things that I do not want to do? Simply because I smile when I meet people.

Smile at hypochondriacs and malingerers in the clinic and they immediately take it as an opportunity to make me sign their insurance papers or medical certificates and claim benefits. Smiling at students in a class is a clear signal for my students to ask for grace marks to…


Think young. Be forever young.

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Photo by Adrià Crehuet Cano on Unsplash

I was attending a seminar on Zoom the other day for Seenagers. This word has been coined from “Teenagers” and refers to senior citizens. They have a website www.seenage.life. This group of (dare I say it) elderly persons have got together to motivate each other and the senior public at large to channel their energies into further employment opportunities and/ or volunteer work and/or hobbies. The aim is to bring like-minded senior folks together to discuss issues, share thoughts, and basically socialize at a juncture in their lives when they are alone at home and feeling the pangs of emptiness…


In all probability, YES

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Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

Last month I received a What's App message regarding the pandemic. That’s not a big deal — we have all been receiving these messages since the pandemic began. But this message simply had the title “Was the Pandemic Planned?” followed by this link:

Full details are given in the link. Everyone knows about these facts including that USA paid 3.7 million dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to carry out research on coronaviruses.

Even more incredible is the novel by Dean Koontz “The Eyes of Darkness.”


If COVID 19 is here to stay, can the Chinese be far away

Donald Trump squarely blames China for the pandemic. But the leader of the so-called most powerful nation in the world is powerless against an invisible enemy sent with lots of love all the way from China.

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Photo from indiatvnews.com

Scott Morrison of Australia did the same but has toned down his rhetoric now. So have the leaders of Germany, France and the UK. There was a time when lawsuits worth billions of dollars were planned against the Chinese Government. What’s happened to them now? We do not hear a peep from President Macron or Chancellor Angela Merkel on this issue. …


A place where you can express yourself freely

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Frankly, I am tired of pussyfooting around topics. We have become so accustomed to being politically, socially, and morally correct in whatever we do and write that we have lost the freedom to open our heart and to express ourselves in the manner that we want. Medium is to some extent, a better platform, but even here, I see that many prolific writers steer clear of contentious issues.


An extraordinary tale of dedication and hard work

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Photo from en.wikipedia.org

This is Mr. Hamilton Naki. He is South Africa’s first and only illiterate and unqualified surgeon from Cape Town who was awarded the honorary degree of Master of Medicine by Cape Town Medical University. This is the same University where the world’s first bypass operation took place. One morning in 2003, the world-renowned surgeon Professor David Dent announced in the university auditorium: “Today we are awarding an honorary degree in medicine to the man who has produced the most surgeons in the world, who is an extraordinary teacher, an amazing surgeon, and who studied medical science and surprised the human…


Motivation can be a double-edged sword

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Courtesy What’s App images

Frankly, there is no need for me to write anything on this topic. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this would be it. I have no idea who took this picture as I received it on my What’s App number. I strongly suspect that it’s been photoshopped otherwise the monkey would never have gotten this close to a sleeping lion. But you get the picture. Most, if not all of us, are getting fooled by these so-called motivational speakers and writers. …

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