Sailing away

Sathya Saran's “Yachts are the new cars” was quite interesting. For some, sailing on weekends far from noise and pollution of city may be the luxury they deserve. But for others, the monsoon, which may come soon, will turn all our vehicles into yachts on our roads. The Singhanias, Pauls, Goenkas and Mallyas may even manage to sail through our streets. 

N. Nagarajan

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Gone were the days when yachts were owned by the rich and famous. Today with increased awareness about yachts and availability of low cost variants, it's hardly surprising to see more people going in for them. Yachts are no longer the luxury of a few.

M. Jeyaram

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Health first

One of the biggest causes of poverty in India is illness in the family (“The ordeal of ill health” by Harsh Mander, April 22). A government-sponsored health insurance scheme should be made compulsory for all citizens. It should be made compulsory for all doctors to serve in rural areas for a time period. Focus should be on disease prevention rather than cures.

Dr. Abraham Kurien

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This is an issue that requires urgent attention. Indeed, the greatest crime in India is to be poor. In case of an accident or a medical emergency, even educated middle class people, do not get immediate attention from hospitals, whether private or government. All sorts of formalities have to be completed at the reception and money has to be paid first. In such a situation, imagine the plight of the poor and homeless.

Kala Chary

Gurgaon

Infinite works

Anil Rewri's works are like an oasis in a desert. They take you in and make you forget the surface. They are infinite and timeless.

Mallikarjun Shetty

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Hills of rubbish

Vehicles should not be allowed to halt for more than 30 seconds in the Mudumalai-Bandipur forests. Forest officials should stop every vehicle and politely but firmly tell tourists not to litter the forests. What would help is to have well marked and large picnic areas on the Mettupalayam-Gudalur stretches (not in the forests please) with enough space for buses to stop and conspicuous signage so that garbage gets localised.

Anand

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We went to Kodaikanal and were shocked. The scenic points are littered with rubbish. At Devil's Kitchen, one family with kids rhapsodised about the beauty of the place. Then they threw the baby's soiled nappies among the trees. The structures, bridges, engineering works bore Western names from British Raj. So what have Indians contributed? Rubbish obviously.

Parveen

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