‘The Emperor of All Maladies’: Astonishingly Beautiful!

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Reading Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer-winning The Emperor of All Maladies – A Biography  on Cancer is like observing a massive river overflowing, but one that is kind enough to leave its embankments unharmed.

That’s because despite the richness of its content, most often purely scientific at its core, the book is anything but esoteric. Any other writer would have turned it into a drab non-fiction on cancer—one that is inured to death, not life. Continue reading

Health insurance for HIV+ people: A new beginning

English: The Red ribbon is a symbol for solida...

In 2005, Shanthamma, 36, walked out of a Bangalore hospital with the body of her 9-year-old daughter who succumbed to AIDS, a new-found HIV-positive status and loads of shock and guilt. She and her husband were shunned by their dearest ones as they thought one could contract HIV just by looking at the infected couple. Continue reading