If your Facebook friends aren’t inspiring you, you need to try mine

My three children have grown up in the Internet age and don’t remember what life was like before Facebook, Twitter and other social media were around. I remember it well. I remember the days when I didn’t have to compare myself to all the people on Facebook who have achieved so much in their lives. […]

Rest in Peace, New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, it’s time to do what you always do at this time: write an obituary for your New Year’s resolutions. First, let me offer my condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what sadness you must be feeling, having to go through almost an […]

Warning: Smoking Causes Everything

Smoking can be extremely harmful to your health. That’s why almost every country in the world requires tobacco companies to put warnings on cigarette packets. In the United States, for example, you may see a message that says “Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, and may result in yellow teeth, […]

Let’s move — to fight childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a major problem these days, and I’m not just saying that because someone cracked the seesaw in my neighborhood playground. All you have to do is visit any school and you’re likely to spot dozens of kids who have to walk sideways to enter the gym. That’s the only way they can […]

Glenn Beck flushes away again

Glenn Beck of Fox News has shared his opinion on why it costs less to get medical treatment in India than in America: I decided to interview the renowned Indian proctologist Dr. Freddy Reddy to get his reaction to Beck's statements. Me: "Dr. Reddy, Glenn Beck says that the extra money spent on healthcare in America goes to, quote, 'high-tech hospitals and doctors […]

Book your flight for some Indian hospitality

If you’re looking for a reason to visit India, let me tell you about one of the biggest tourist attractions in my homeland. It has bright lights, talented performers and theatres that will put you in stitches. Yes, I’m talking about Apollo Hospital in Chennai, which has hundreds of fluorescent lights, well-trained doctors and several […]

Sorry, Doc, I don’t feel ‘blessed by angels’

Before selecting my doctor — let's call him Dr. P — I wish I had checked out the doctor reviews at RateMDs.com. I would have realized that Dr. P is severely lacking in his bedside manner and I'd be better off consulting Dr. Z. Here's what one patient wrote about Dr. P: "Horrible manners. He […]

Gupta Girls excited about the next Surgeon General

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, has been offered the position of Surgeon General in the Obama Administration, creating excitement not just among Indian-Americans, but also a group of women who call themselves the Gupta Girls. They've been maintaining a fan site for him, featuring a page of "pretty pictures"of Dr. […]

Getting Canadian citizenship the easy way

There are three easy ways to get Canadian citizenship: (1) marry a Canadian citizen; (2) get a Canadian family to adopt you; and (3) get your mother to give birth to you while flying over Canada. Well, the third one isn't so easy, especially if you've already been born. But for at least one baby, […]

Please help feed the starving models

I'm sure many of you donated money and food generously over the holiday season to help the  underprivileged. I wouldn't normally ask you to reach into your pockets again, but I've come across a dire situation that needs immediate attention. Just look at the picture of Tania Mehra, a model from the DesiClub.com Swimsuit Calendar […]