“Let the mother choose” by
R. Krithika (September 28), made an assuring as well as informative read for all those stressed, apprehensive and expectant mothers. In this era of fast paced and tech-savvy life, the process of pregnancy ought to be simplified without compromising our basic ethical and moral values. And it’s time we scrutinise and update our archaic and pregnancy laws on a war footing keeping in view the present scenario in medical science
With reference to Shyam P.’s article, “The high price of low-cost airlines” (September 28), giving refreshments free of cost to the passengers of low-cost airlines by the carriers is not a service, but a duty. The airlines will not become poor by providing refreshments to their passengers on board.
I fear that the author has exaggerated some of his inconveniences while on board an LCC airline. It can not be disputed that the LCC airlines have come as a boon to the middle income group, who could not dream about flying a few years back. The author could have travelled in business class which affords luxurious travel with all facilities on board. As regards the cost factor, it is almost equivalent to the fare levied for upper classes in trains. Do we not pay for the eatables in the pantry cars when we travel by trains which are also relatively higher? Considering the short duration of the air travel, the inconveniences and other payments for extra services in LCC flights are trivial and could be ignored. The management of the LCC aircraft should also provide the basic requirements such as water etc., free of cost to the passengers travelling on their flights.
R. Murali Kumar,
This refers to “What Gandhi owed to Tagore” by Ramachandra Guha (September 28). Had he been alive today, Mahatma Gandhi would not have said what he said about English language, Rammohan Roy and Lokmanya Tilak in 1921 in the thick of the freedom movement. Gandhi seemed to have learnt a great many things from his correspondences with Tagore. The debate between them on nationalism was healthy and never petered out into acrimony. Fighting for political independence as he was, Gandhi was egged on by nationalist ideas whereas Tagore, as a poet and as the one influenced by the West, stood for universalism. However, the exchange of views between them had a chastening effect on Gandhi.
B H Shanmukhappa,
The article pertaining to leg attack (September 28) was informative. This is a disease most people would not be aware of. The article is a timely reminder to the readers that the leg too is as important as the heart and could paralyse the movement of an individual and precautionary measures need to be taken.
Dr. S.S.Venkata Subramanian,
Rakshanda Jalil’s account of Kabul made good reading but she has got the chronology of the Mughals wrong (Notes from a walled city, September 21). Jahangir was Babur’s great-grandson, not grandson. Akbar happened to be the grandson.
Prof. Anil K. Joshi,
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