* Me in the Media - GODYEARS

* Me in the Media



I have been interviewed a few times as well, both by newspapers as well as online sites... oh ya, and BBC too. In addition, on a number of occasions, popular media outlets have featured my opinions too.


The list - in brief - of my  interviews with the media and other sites so far are:


  1. SpeakBindaas (2009)
  2. Blogadda (2013)
  3. Indian Express (2013)* 
  4. Medicos India (2014)
  5. Herald Goa (2014)*
  6. Sweet Sharing (2015)
  7. BBC Radio (2015)
  8. Deccan Chronicle (2015)
  9. The News Minute (2015)
  10. Indian Express (2015)
  11. Tulips & Me (2015)
  12. Docplexus (2015)
  13. Deccan Chronicle (2015 again)
  14. Bombadil Publishing UK (2016) 
  15. Forbes USA (2016)*     
  16. Times of India (2016) 
  17. Manorama Arogyam (2016)
                                                                                             * - Opinions featured in media outlets



IN DETAIL (With Previews & Links)

Click on the headings to check out the respective interviews.


My most serious interview would be for DocPlexus, I guess.


Or if you are too lazy to read them, there are a couple of video bytes too at the end!



Bonus: Tada. My opinion featured in Forbes. Yes, the Forbes.





Excerpt:

Q: Do you believe in God?


A. People always ask me whether I believe in God since some of my views on religion in my blog tend to be a bit severe. Well, the fact of the matter is, I do believe in him, no doubt about it… I’m just not too sure about his policies. I mean, you see all the suffering some pious people face and compare it with the luxuries some rotten guys have and it’s hard to believe God’s gotten it right, karma or no karma. Hopefully, he’s just dozing off leaving the Earth on ‘autopilot’ and our prayers on his answering machine for now.



You can read the rest of the interview here.




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02. BlogAdda (2013)


Excerpt:


Q: What inspired you to write a blog? How did it all start? Tell us the story of your blog.


A: With the exception of examination answer sheets, I’ve always been guilty of writing. I have written (decidedly amateur) screenplays involving my classmates and batchmates right through school and even college days while sitting in a dissection hall (anything to avoid staring at a dead body). I’ve had regular penpals and written long letters whenever I wanted to express myself during school and college days.

In some ways, I think blogging was a natural extension of that – a need to write to express myself better. So when a classmate settled in USA told me of this new ‘thing’ called blogging and suggested I give it a shot, I decided why not? I honestly did not think I would last more than six months. That, my dear friends, is the true birth-story of Godyears. Of course, if any non-bloggers ask, feel free to add some intriguing twists in the tale to make it sound more interesting – just message me in advance and I’ll back your story.


You can read the rest of the interview here.


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Excerpt:

Q: Medicine is a serious profession with life and death situations, literally. Any tips to doctors on how to lighten up?


A: I’m sure every doc has his own escape – music, movies, trips, games – and I wholeheartedly hope you all make time for it. There is enough pain and stress in our field… You need to do what you love as well. There is never going to be a dearth of patients. They will keep on coming. You and I, we both know how serious a simple error in our field can be: there may not be a chance for a retake while dealing with a patient’s life. And for you to ensure that no harm comes to the patient, you need to be at your very best. And that means taking time off every once in a while to de-stress. Doing endless shifts to impress a boss or earn a few bucks extra over your colleagues in the same branch – that may seem like a good idea but don’t ever let it affect a patient. Remember what we are all taught – ‘Above all else, do no harm.’ When a doctor is in a relaxed frame of mind, the patient is in good hands. I always believe that!

You can read the rest of the interview here.



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"The Business of Blogging"

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What medicos expect from the new government.





Excerpt:


Q. Recently one of your blog post went viral. Would you like to share your thoughts on occupational hazards & how it can be rectified?



A. The blog on the ailing Indian medical system went viral because doctors shared it in such insanely huge numbers, picking up the attention of both national and international news media. Doctors saw themselves and their loved ones in that post… they shared it because they wanted the entire country to see it too. They fighting an uphill battle against some demoralizing odds. I wish I knew what the easy solution to it was – the truth is that we need doctors themselves to come forward and opine on how to save the system. For my part, I did follow up by asking doctors to speak up for themselves and I am glad so many did respond with solutions they felt could stem the rot.


You can read the rest of the interview here.


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(It is an audio clip so have your headphones handy.)

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09. Deccan Chronicle (2015)
May 20, 2015


blog viral
Click the picture to read the full article

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"Worrying? Medical fraternity agrees with man who blogged he won't let his child be a doctor" 

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"The Interpreter of Maladies"
June 14, 2015

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Excerpt:

You are a full-time doctor and an award-winning blogger whose posts go viral and have written more than 36 short stories for various anthologies. Tell us the truth; do you have a time-turner similar to the one that Hermione Granger used in Harry Potter?

If I did have that device, you can bet my first priority would be noting down winning lottery tickets and then going back in time to find those darn tickets!! Seriously though, it isn't easy, I admit. You sometimes have to go through 54-hour shifts where you are on call and in the hospital and by the time you reach back home, all you want to do is crash in bed. I usually keep updating ideas for various posts and stories on my Evernote app and then when I find the time at night or in between cases, work on them. So when I finally reach home and turn on my laptop, the synced version of what I had written on my mobile is waiting for me on my laptop.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

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Excerpt:

There is a rise in the incidence of attack or abuse towards doctors. What do you think are the reasons behind such violence? How should doctors raise this issue fairly to concerned authorities?

I am not a big advocate of the ‘present day doctors are evil & money minded’ theory that many proclaim and I hate that it is immediately brought up whenever an incidence of violence against a doctor occurs. You may differ with me on this but give me a moment to place my argument.

Do a random Google search and look at the cases of violence occurring over the last year against Indian doctors. From the media reports, you and I as doctors can get an idea of what has occurred in most of those cases.

Invariably, it is the death of a patient often brought with multiple co-morbidities or during an epidemic that triggers the assault. The doctor? A casualty medical officer or an intensivist. What money did these people try to steal from the patient that ended up in the patient dying? Were these doctors so evil that they withheld BLS and defibrillation because they did not get paid under the table?

An elderly doctor getting beaten up after a patient with a stroke and intracranial bleeding dies half an hour after admission. A radiologist murdered because he refused to reveal the sex of the fetus. A casualty officer beaten and having her clothes torn and threatened with rape because she followed triage instead of giving priority to a particular patient. A gynaecologist beaten because she confirmed that a miscarriage had occurred. A surgeon arrested because patients died in a government sponsored camp due to tainted pharmaceutical medicines.

Where are the evil doctors? The money minded ones ‘who need to be beaten up’? Yes, you and I both know they exist but these people getting beaten up – are they being beaten up for a crime they committed? Or for being the bearer of bad news?

Stop equating one with the other. Those who are guilty of cheating patients or medical negligence definitely deserve to be punished BY THE LAW but don’t use that as an excuse to defend violence today.


You can read the rest of the interview here.


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14. Deccan Chronicle
(December 6, 2015)

A few minor inaccuracies at the beginning but still a nice interview

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15. Bombadil Publishing (UK)

(April 22, 2016)

What is your message for the young, budding bloggers who aspire to make it big one day?

While blogging is about showcasing your own voice, use it responsibly. We live in a world where the media is often accused of focusing on hate and sorrow. I sincerely hope you find it in you to use your writing skills to spread love, laughter and happiness. In dark tunnels, be the ray of light people turn to… the words they want to read at the end of a long day.


16. Times of India (2016)

(April 2016)

My thoughts on winning the WriteIndia contest.


17. Manorama Arogyam (2016)

July 2016
Doctors Day Special Issue

You can read the full article here



Video Bytes:
Me at WIN'14, India's first live blogging awards and conference ceremony.  P.S. I ended up winning!








Media bytes: Social Samosa 


I also got featured in two of Renault Lodgy's official videos after having a delightful time in Goa at their LiveLodgyCal event in 2015.







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Featured in Rajasthan Patrika on
National Doctors Day, 1 July 2015

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