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Hardly 20 per cent of our overall population utilises public health services.

Missing the big picture in TB control

India’s TB control programmes turn a blind eye to historical experiences which reveal that in much of the advanced world today, the infection was controlled through enhanced nutrition, better housing... »

In treatment, how women always bear the brunt

Radha is a 32-year-old married woman who lives in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum. Diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB, she now weighs barely 35 kg. Stuck somewhere between hope and exhaustion, sh... »

The ‘ordinary’ faces of the disease

Every year on World TB Day, numerous articles will be published about tuberculosis. This is one day of the year when we wake up to the fact that we are battling a treatable and curable disease yet... »

Rolling out the ‘End TB strategy’

On March 24, 1882, Robert Koch, German physician and microbiologist, was at the University of Berlin’s Institute of Hygiene presenting evidence to a group of scientists that tuberculosis was not a... »

For an approach oriented to patients

Some months ago, Satyamev Jayate, our nation’s favourite conscience-keeper, did something unusual. It devoted an entire episode to an ancient disease called tuberculosis or TB. Satyamev Jayate (“t... »
March 14, 2015

Ban and all that

BanBig booksAnd small poemsIn yellowed pages.BanMoving picturesAnd radio showsWith different views.BanRare ideasThat dare to ch... »
Illustration by Surendra.
March 14, 2015

Experiments with solitude

Sleep and laziness are the two demons that lurk frequently in the corridors of solitude. Sometimes veiled in an illusion of momentary comforts, sometimes disguised as ‘breaks’ to relax your back,... »
There is no “good” or “bad” handwriting. It is your personality. Illustration by Keshav.
March 14, 2015

A perspective on handwriting

I heard it every day from my Chemistry teacher: “Mathew, you have to improve your handwriting - it’s illegible! I can’t make out the n’s from the u’s and the m’s from the w’s.” I have to... »
March 14, 2015

That truly Indian thing

The English Vinglish paradox led thousands of Indians to multiplexes. Its protagonist, Shashi, a traditional conformist ladoo banane waali housewife, represented many women in India. And the story... »
March 7, 2015

Why spanking should stop

It is believed that children are the face of god as they carry no prejudice or envy. They are just pure at heart. Yet it is shocking that children are often the victims of punishment by their pare... »
March 7, 2015

Conversations with waves

There is something ethereal about the waves of the sea. You stand barefoot on the sand and the waves come crashing down at your feet before sweeping themselves back. You’re so caught up in the fee... »
March 7, 2015

The dog and its days

When I come home, she wags her tail, jumps higher than she assumes she can, and manages to lick my nose. Only when I pet her a hundred times, ruffle her white hair and give her something to eat, d... »
February 22, 2015

To learn to labour and to hang on

Looking out the window of my bedroom, I can see the wayside tea stall sort of leaning against a compound wall. Not very hygienic, what with all the dust stirred up by the wind, and maybe with even... »
March 14, 2015

Kidney disease, a first-hand view

The last few decades have seen rapid advances in our understanding of kidney diseases, the extent of its burden, causes and treatment options. Yet, we’ve only scraped the tip of the iceberg in ter... »
March 14, 2015

An abode remembered

I don’t think I will ever again get to go back to that quiet and serene place nestled amidst the Anamalai Hills in Tamil Nadu. From the plains below we took a bus, which kept clim... »
A wedding organised by Sweekara Kendra, Department of Women and Child Development in Bangalore. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
March 14, 2015

The irresolute gift of matrimonial bliss

In all cultures generally, nuptials are regarded as a tantalising and an angelic bond. A sacramental institution rolling through generations, embracing permanency of union between two souls. One s... »
March 7, 2015

Those archetypes in the examination halls

Helen Keller referred to examinations as bugbears. She spoke of the utter disarray of her thoughts, humorously, in her autobiography, in a way that unfailingly appeals to students in my class when... »
March 7, 2015

A daily dose of adventure for this flaneuse

The roller coaster autorickshaw ride or the daily adventure — call it what you will. A horde of vehicles flashed past. I made as if to run. Just then, a bus came from nowhere and blundere... »
The peak-hour experience on a Bengaluru street recently.
March 7, 2015

Thank you for keeping me alive and gasping

Much has been said about driving in India, more so about doing so in Bengaluru. However, that is not going to deter me, as I am one of those millions experiencing it for 36-odd km on a daily basis... »
The full-cover head scarf serves a more utilitarian purpose. File photo: S. Subramanium
February 22, 2015

‘Burqa’ on wheels, a new urban phenomenon

In urban areas across India over the past few decades it has become quite common to see girls and young women going about on scooters. However, a recent trend involves their driving to their desti... »

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note: Submissions on the Open Page are the extended comments of readers and in no way do they reflect the views of The Hindu.... »