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Health in India

Hello party people! 😀

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones and it’s not the song Dance of the Death by Iron Maiden.. 😀

Recently, a sting operation had uncovered the selling of medical post graduate seats in India. Can you believe that? I was quite shocked.. No, not because I came to know this for the first time that seats were being sold, but that the price they were being sold at, and that seat bookings were done for the future as far as 2016!!

CNN-IBN covered it live the other day.. These guys went in with a camera and asked these hospital people if they could get a seat in PG in their college. And these guys happily told them that they could get whatever they wanted.. Every department had their rate like some Continental Restaurant Menu card! Pediatrics, Radiology, Medicine, Surgery, etc.. Up to ₹2 crores!! 2 freaking crores.. 2,00,00,000!! That is ₹20million!! Approximately US$ 363,899! Donno what they’d be serving for desserts though! And that’s for one seat.. And then perhaps there’s some provision for early bird prizes, too! I mean bookings have be done for seats up till 2016!! Advanced booking… Something like a pre-release sale or something. Can you imagine how lucrative this business of seat selling is? And the best thing is that they won’t give a receipt.. So it’s tax free!! 😀

And then there was a lot of heated arguments of what the problem is.. And I think the problem comes to just few of the following very important things:

  • Doctor-Patient Ratio: India has an abysmal, to say the least, Doctor-Patient ratio. In my last post titled “Satyamev Jayate” I had given the data of how for every doctor there is 1953 patients in India as of 2012. Thus, the number of doctors are very less..
  • Medical Institutes: The number of Medical institutes are very less. There are 355 Medical Colleges in India.. Out of which 161 are Government colleges and 194 are Private colleges.. With even full turnover of doctors at 44250 doctors per year from these 355 colleges      the doctor patient ratio wont come down enough.. But that of course never happens..
  • Expenditure on Health: The % of GDP used in health services in India is 3.9% as of 2011!

%GDP expenditure on Health (total)

 And Government just uses 1% of GDP in health services.

%GDP expenditure on Health by Government

 The above 2 tables show the data compared to some other countries..

Now why won’t there be corruption!

Every student after completing their MBBS want to get into an MD/MS/Diploma course.. The total number of seats are 21282.. So, of the 44250 MBBS students per year, only 21282 students get into a post graduate course! Not even 50%!! And the expenditure on health by India is also very low!

What can be the solution to the problem?

Increase the number of medical colleges. Increase the number of post graduate seats. Increase the expenditure on health..

And in India it is mostly seen that the private colleges are profit driven and thus are corrupt.. India needs to open more and more government colleges. Indian government should increase their %GDP expenditure on health from a meager 1.2% to somewhere around 6%. Is it asking much?

Right now this fight for getting into a post graduate degree is causing all the corruption.. Like it’s said, Scarcity increases profits.. Make seats abundant, there’d be less corruption. No chance for making profits.. And moreover when the expenditure on Health will be increased, Institutes won’t be bankrupt to think about profits through illegal means!

And after that, even the education system needs to be polished, so that good doctors are produced..

Hoping for a better future..

[Sources: WHO and MCI websites]


6 Years

Happiness knew no bounds
When I got selected in PMT
With hopes of becoming a doctor
Started for a new life in a new city

New place, new faces
It was time to get acquainted
Cadaver, my first acquaintance
And I nearly fainted!

First Prof, mistaken as a soft breeze
Turned out to be a hurricane
Just three subjects
Which equally drove us insane!

Anatomy was all about artery, veins, nerve,
Organs, bones and muscle
No matter how much you learnt ’em
They seemed like a never ending puzzle.

Biochemistry was a mystery
I don’t understand it still
Complex chemical reactions never my cup of tea
It never was, it never will.

Physiology interested me a bit though
‘Cause of the logic that it followed
Nevertheless, it was too huge an entity
Too huge to be swallowed.

But I wont forget those beautiful days
New friendships blooming through
After-college parties and hangouts
And, of course, those midnight movies too.

Second Prof, infamously called
“The Honeymoon Period of MBBS”
Donno about honey and moon
But I was definitely a mess.

Pathology was all about diseases
And a lot of microscopic work
With half the microscopes not working properly
All I did was lurk in the murk.

Pharmacology was just medicines
Drug names and all
But I acquired dyslexia
When it came to chlorpheniramine and chloramphenicol!

Microbiology was anything but micro
So many of those invisible ones
What I can’t see, doesn’t exist for me
Enough said and done!

Forensic sounded interesting
I thought it’d be exciting
But all I learnt, that for proof in an MLC
You have to have it in writing!

But apart from studies there were better things
Like badminton, cricket and basketball
Not to forget, PULSE at AIIMS
And of course the College Carnival!

Playing the guitar, started a band
The first one in our college ever
We called ourselves the Raging Rockers
Most famous for our ‘Aadat’ endeavor.

With Third Prof Part One started clinical subjects
Call it the beginning of final lap
Even those who had barely started studying
It was time to start studying ASAP!

Preventive and Social Medicine
Even the name makes you shiver, u know?
Just programs, facts and definitions
I wonder who defined WHO!?

Otorhinolaryngology, though a never ending name
The syllabus was comparatively shorter, I’d say
‘Cause even I could complete
More than 2 chapters in a day!

Ophthalmology, was fine
It was about the eye
Although syllabus was tough
But not bad enough to make you die.

Friendship grew to different heights
Some romantic, and some as study partners
The lower ranks became obedient disciples
While the higher ranks attained the role of masters.

Third Prof Part Two, the worst nightmare
Very aptly named
Everybody lost their mind
And no one was to be blamed

The number of subjects, I’ve lost count
The syllabus for each was equally vast
But to complete the whole thing in just a year!
Impossible! Time went by devilishly fast!

For simplicity the subjects were divided into major and minor
As if THAT was gonna help
But after all ’twas the Grand Finale
And we felt one step closer to hell!

Medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology,
Orthopedics, dermatology, anesthesia, psychiatry
Radiology, oncology, the list endless
If I missed any, I’m sorry!

But still amidst all the commotion
We found our moments of happiness
Those parties, movies, lecture bunks, those friendly hugs
And those soft gentle caress.

Internship was a breeze, it really was
Most spent their time studying in library
Also included frequent visits to the hospital
But that wasn’t too scary.

Entrance exams for higher studies
With all those weird looking MCQs
Those who got selected chose departments
According to the ranks they were let to choose.

Realization dawns, college is over
And friends leaving town
The final goodbyes, the last minute hugs
Strained smiles hiding tender frown.

Sitting in this empty room
Even my roommate’s now gone
Just books scattered everywhere
I feel miserably alone.

6 years ago it was a new city,
Starting of a new life
A lot has changed since that time
‘Twas a summer of 2005.

As mixed emotions of sadness and joy fill my heart
Everything that happened here will be more than just a cherished memory
Soon it’ll be time for even me to leave
To start again, a new life in a new city.


Close my eyes, a misty hue. Darkness. Amidst the translucency, I see a face. Smiling angel, an encouraging look. Phantasmagoria? Or a figment of my imagination? A feeling of mirth follows, light headedness. Pulse racing, but I’m calm. No relation, still a bondage. Is it a blessing or a curse? Drifting away from reality, hallucinating, it’s not LSD! What s it? Detached from my body, I drift. Is she a part of me? Her presence caresses my soul. I’m happy!


Open my eyes, I face reality. Harshness personified. She’s gone. For a glorious moment uncertainty lingers. Where am I? Not long before I face the inevitable truth. Lost in the wilderness of grey sorrow, standing solitaire. Head spins, weak in the knees. Pulse racing, I’m not calm anymore. Emotions roll down my cheeks…. Why do good things always come to an end??


It’s hard to say why

But with you I fell in love

And ever since

I don’t know what I’ve become

My life, it felt so pallid

Doesn’t seem so anymore,

Coz you painted the missing colours,

You filled the void you touched the core…


[Pre Chorus]

My life’s been a white canvas,

Empty and bare

You are the colour,

Come paint me there…



Paint me as a song

And I’d sing it to you

Paint me as a flower

And I’d blossom your way through

Paint me as a smile

And I’d let u cry never

Paint me as your love

And I’d love you forever



Its hard to say when

You became more than a friend

You became my breath

Oh angel, my godsend

I wasn’t searching for love,

Nor was I hoping for more

But you painted the missing colours

You filled the void, touched the core…


[Pre chorus]

My life’s been a white canvas

Empty and bare

You are the colour

Come paint me there…



Paint me as a song

And I’d sing it to you

Paint me as a flower

And I’d blossom your way thru

Paint me as a smile

And I’d let u cry never

Paint me as your love

And I’d love you forever



Paint me blue

I’ll take away all your sorrows,

I’ll b your clear skies

For brighter tomorrows..



Paint me red,

And I’ll take you higher

Fill your heart with passion,

Give you all that you desire..



Paint me as a song

And I’d sing it to you

Paint me as a flower

And I’d blossom your way thru

Paint me as a smile

And I’d let you cry never

Paint me as your love

And I’d love you forever



Paint me as a song

And I’d sing it to you

Paint me as your eyes

And I’d never fail to guide u

Paint me as the wind

And I’d let u fly high

Paint me as the sun

And I’d bring u sunshine



Its hard to say why

[come paint me your colours]

But with you I fell n love…

[come paint me your colours…]

A Hope

Down on the floor

Staring outside the window

Emotions down my cheeks

Quietly they flow

Golden rays from heaven

Touching my brow

How long I’ve been crying

I do not know

A hope in my heart

Though steady and slow

Rises in me

Along with the radiant golden glow

A smile on this face

One day it shall show

That day along with the sun

This face will also glow..


It’s just so hard to breathe

Things don’t happen

The way you want them to be

So much of chaos

Bad things get the better of you

No matter how hard you try

No matter what you do


Your heart just cries

It doesn’t feel so right

You try to hide

The tears in your eyes

But it’s so hard

To have control over your emotions

Your heart just cries



It’s just so hard to speak

To convey what’s inside you

Those bitter memories

So much of loneliness

Though your friends are with you

No matter how hard they try

No matter what they do


Your heart just cries

It doesn’t feel so right

You try to hide

The tears in your eyes

But it’s so hard

To have control over your emotions

Your heart just cries

Distant but clear

These memories in my brain

Falling through my mind

Like pellucid drops of rain

The colourful band so beautiful

Bowing through the sky

Reminding me of my childhood days

Like figments in my mind


Many more years will go by

Time flies by so fast

Ageing through the ages

My time will come at last

The rain falling so heavily

Forming puddles on the street

I look back at my reflection silently

Through a distant memory..

Memories in my head

Like pictures on the wall

A painting so beautiful

A scene by a waterfall

The morning sun is shining

Birds singing in the sky

Every drop of water

Like figments in my mind


I see you standing there

Just below a tree

Your feet touching the cool grass

They cry in ecstasy

You are caressing a squirrel

That just fell from the tree

And I’m standing looking at you

From a distant memory


Memories in my head

Like letters on a scroll

A story so beautiful

With you in the lead role

A kingdom so beautiful

You being the queen

Every subject in you kingdom

Like figments in my dream


You rule over your kingdom

A kingdom of happiness and love

Everyone looks so peaceful

Like a happy turtle dove

You are sitting on the throne

And you look at me

As I’m standing and watching you

From a distant memory

Reflectin’ on those times that we spent

Never knowin’ then what they actually meant

All those moments filled with myriads of emotions

Milder moments amidst wilder commotions

Every moment we lived, it felt worth livin’

Everything we gave, it felt worth givin’

O God! Do I miss those days!

Ask my heart, and you’ll know what it says

Although you are so far away

Inside my heart you’ll always stay

This relation is not easy to sever

We will remain Friends Forever..


Standing out I watch the sky

I watch the time as it passes me by

Days go by and I’m thinking of you

All those years you had helped me through

When I did some mistake you had scolded me

When I made it right you showered your love on me

When I was happy you smiled with me

When I was sad you cried with me

And now that you are so far away

Inside my heart you’ll stay

You’ve made me strong

You are my sweetheart MOM


Where have those days gone now?

When you taught me the things I didn’t know how

You told me stories of house that were haunted

You bought me the toys that I wanted

You scolded me when I won’t study

But after the exams we used to party

All the times we’d laughed together

All the times we’d cried together

But now that you are so far away

Inside my heart you’ll stay

You’ve always made me glad

You are my sweetheart DAD


And far away from home

Without you I feel so alone

Now I’m missing you both

NOSTALGIA is what’s filling me through…

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