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Family members of Ziona (R) poses for a group photo outside their residence in Baktawng village, in the north eastern Indian state of Mizoram. Ziona is the head of a religious sect called “Chana,” which allows polygamy and was founded by his father Chana in 1942. Ziona has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren. He lives in his 4 storey 100-room house with 181 members of his family.
Ziona’s 4 storey house in Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram
Zuali, 37, twentieth wife of Ziona, adjusts his shirt as his sons and driver (L) watch before heading towards the construction site of a church in Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.
m a vehicle on their way to a church construction sitein Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.
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Udipi Sree Krishna Mutt
It is very rare to see Lord Krishna of Udipi as close as one can see here(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 14.11.2011)
MUMBAI: A tiny mechanized device weighing 400 grams may soon give a new lease of life to more than 4 million people in the country who die of heart failure every year. A Mumbai hospital has brought in the technology to implant an artificial heart that takes over the functioning of the original heart and promises to double the patient’s life-expectancy.
Bandra’s Asian Heart Institute recently completed training its team of doctors to implant the device in patients of heart failure. End-stage heart disease, wherein the heart loses its ability to pump oxygenated blood into the body, is currently almost means a death sentence for the patient. The lifesaver that runs on rechargeable batteries, however, will come at varying costs. At the AHI, it will cost a
whopping Rs 1 crore.
Experts say with incidence of heart failure increasing by 2 million annually and heart transplants being a distant dream in the country, this technology could be the way forward. Vice-chairman and Managing Director of AHI, Dr Ramakant Panda said, “Less than 1% of heart failure patients have any chance of getting an organ for transplant. This device, much smaller than the original heart, could be our solution to heart failure,” he said. He explained that the artificial heart not only gives the patient a shot at life, it also allows the natural heart to recover. In 10-15% of patients, the original heart recovers and the device is then removed.
Panda explained that the artificial heart will help patients who are ideal candidates for a heart transplant but need assistance to stay alive till they get a donor. “But for patients who do not even have the option to undergo cardiac transplantation, this technology is probably the only answer to stay alive,” he said.
Globally over 10,000 people are believed to be living with the device that is considered the most sophisticated to assist a failing heart. Senior consultant cardiovascular surgeon Dr Prashant Vaijyanath, who
is part of the team that will be carrying out the artificial heart transplants in AHI, said, “The device restores normal blood flow throughout the body, making it possible for the patient to breathe easily. All the fatigue associated with the condition goes away.” He said the logic was simple. “All organs start receiving more blood than they did before. Patients can resume their normal activities, including running and cycling, simply because they feel more energetic,” he added. However, patients will not be able to swim, he cautioned.
AHI would be the first facility in western India to offer the transplant. Recently, Bangalore’s Narayan Hrudalaya too got the green signal to start the programme. Earlier in 2008, it had performed artificial heart transplants in four patients. The program however, had to be aborted due to the global meltdown in 2009 that led to the closure of the company making the device. Now, technology has changed drastically. The device used for transplants in 2008 is all but obsolete, replaced by newer ones which are sleeker and better.
Cardiovascular surgeon Dr T R Rajesh, who consults with Narayan Hrudalaya and had performed the transplants back in 2008, termed the new technology as a game changer. “Even today if a patient is given a choice between a transplant and getting the artificial heart, the patient chooses the latter. The post-operative management of patients is simpler compared to a heart transplant. There is no question of the organ being rejected or the patient having to follow a strict regime,” he said. He said Narayan Hrudalaya would offer artificial heart transplants at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. “We will charge patients only for the device and will waive off other fees,” he said.
Rajesh, however, said the artificial heart comes with its own share of flaws. “Chances of infection, even if less than 10%, are there. There will be cables sticking out of the body which many may not prefer,” he said. Panda too echoed the same and said that affordability will remain the biggest hurdle. “Over the next 10-15 years, the cost may come down to a few lakhs as demand increases,” he said.
(contributed by : Amr on 28.09.2012)
A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even.. The total had to be exactly
perfect.. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and
made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound
she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice.. I’m talking to my brother
from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question..
‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.
‘He’s really, really sick….and I want to buy a miracle.’
‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.
‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle
can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?’
‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little.
‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. IfA little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even.. The total had to be exactly perfect.. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on ...
Holi is a two day festival that also celebrates the victory of good over evil, as well as the abundance of the spring harvest season. It’s commonly referred to as the “Festival of Colors”. People exuberantly throw colored powder and water all over each other, have parties, and dance under water sprinklers. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is also traditionally consumed during the celebrations. Holi is a very carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.
Navaratri, Dussehra, and Durga Puja
The first nine days of this festival are known as Navaratri, and are filled with dance in honor of the Mother Goddess. The tenth day, called Dussehra, is devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. It also coincides with the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
In eastern India, the festival is observed as Durga Puja. Huge statues of the Goddess are made and immersed in the holy Ganges River. The festival is an extremely social and theatrical event, with drama, dance, and cultural performances held throughout the country.
Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Govinda, commemorates the birthday of Lord Krishna. An extremely fun part of the festival involves people climbing on each other and forming a human pyramid to try and reach and break open clay pots filled with curd, which have been strung up high from buildings.
Onam is a traditional ten day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage. People strikingly decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns to welcome the King. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races.
Pushkar Camel Fair
An astonishing 50,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan for the Pushkar Camel Fair. For five days, the camels are dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded. It’s a great opportunity to witness an old, traditional style Indian festival.
[Source: http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/tp/Indiafestivals.htm]Holi Holi is a two day festival that also celebrates the victory of good over evil, as well as the abundance of the spring harvest season. It’s commonly referred to as the “Festival of Colors”. People exuberantly throw colored powder and water all over each other, have parties, and dance under water sprinklers. Bhang (a paste ...