Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Another project for Rae Bareli?

The option of imposing a fuel adjustment cost over and above the rail ticket price is also said to be high on the mind of the railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, sources said.

Patients vs patents

In these divisive times, if there is one thing that unites Indians, apart from cricket and Bollywood, it is the fear of falling ill. It is not just the disease or death that we are afraid of. There is the gnawing fear of medical expenses. The vast majority of Indians — nearly 80 per cent — have to pay for medical treatment out of their own pockets.

Let’s talk about sex

If sexual assaults on women are rising in the country, who shall we blame now? After miniskirts, mobile phones and chowmein, it is the turn of “sex education” to take the rap. This time, the accusation is being hurled not by a politician, godman, khap leader or habitual loudmouth, but by one of India’s top cops.

Healthcare in ICU

The New Year has started on a positive note.

The savage society

Like every woman reading this column, the story of the 23-year-old woman who was gangraped and tortured inside a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16 sickens me. Like every mother, I am terrified by the shrinkage in safe public spaces for our daughters.

Children of lesser parents

Once again, we are furiously debating parental abuse. A court in Norway has convicted an Indian couple for allegedly maltreating their seven-year-old son. This is the second time that Indian parents have fallen foul of Norwegian parenting laws. A furious war of words has broken out about good parenting.

Cross out HIV stigma

Had John Lennon been alive, he may have repackaged his famous Christmas song for today.
“So this is December 1
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun…”

A healthy eye on healthcare

Last week, amid the gloomy drip-drip of bad news about all that is going wrong in the country, there was something to smile about. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that there will be a lot more money for healthcare in the 12th Plan.

Dengue, death & the disconnect

Can someone who lived in tiny Juhu, worked in upscale suburban Andheri and could afford the best medical care die of a disease associated with stagnant pools of water, poor sanitation and mosquitoes? The question is being furiously debated across the country since Yash Chopra, Bollywood’s “King of Romance”, died due to dengue fever.

Give elderly their dues, not charity

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64? trilled the Beatles, way back in 1967. Today, this simple, sweet love song from the album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band can well be the battle cry for the country’s elderly.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.